Top 4 Technological Advancements in the Agricultural Business
Agriculture began when people started domesticating animals and plants to raise them more productively. This made populations grow and made the people healthier. Agriculture made it possible for people to never run out of food. Without agriculture, civilizations wouldn’t even be made, and the world as we know it would be standstill.
Today, agriculture still plays a vital role in the well-being of a country or population. As technology and science improve, techniques become more refined. Any improvement in the field of agriculture makes food production faster, more efficient, and in some ways, more sustainable.
Although advances in science and technology improve our way of living, it also makes conditions for specific crops or animals to grow properly. With that said, farmers, scientists, and innovators all over the world are working together to develop techniques and technology that can address the problem.
Indeed, the advances in agriculture have gone a long way and are only making it easier for countries to provide sustenance to their population. Here are some advancements in the field of agricultural business that can surely help farmers and consumers alike:
In the past, every task in the agricultural lands was done by humans. As time went on, humans made farming easier with the help of tools and even animals. You can still see this traditional way of agriculture in most countries around the world.
However, technology has made it possible for humans to make farming even easier. Enter the world of Agricultural robots.
Agricultural Robots are designed specifically for a task within the agricultural sector. There are countless applications where these robots can play a crucial role. Here are some jobs that can be done by robots:
- Fruit Picking
- Soil Cultivation
- Pest Control
- Livestock Applications
For livestock applications, some robots can safely shear the wool off the sheep. There are also robots involved in gathering milk. The applications mentioned above are just examples of the many tasks that robots can do.
Most robots used in the field of agriculture are aerial drones, wheeled robots, and end effectors. Aerial drones are a favorite when it comes to fertilization, spraying, and crop monitoring.
For soil conditioning, wheeled robots like the IBEX are perfect tools for farmers. IBEX is an autonomous agricultural robot that can do precision weeding and spraying. Its design allows it to move through rugged terrain without a problem.
Vertical farming is an extension of urban agriculture. These farms would use towers or skyscrapers that can house plants and animals ideal for urban harvest. These skyscrapers would also provide ideal living spaces for people. In a way, vertical farming conserves space as it allows for sustenance and shelter in one go.
Hydroponics, Light Augmentation, Air filtration, and other techniques are the technologies that can make these modern-day “hanging gardens” viable. Aside from conserving space, vertical farming can enable a year-round supply of food and reduced costs due to the handling and transportation of food.
Weather is one of the uncontrollable factors that farmers have been facing ever since agriculture began. When bad weather hits, we can only do so little to prevent damage and loss to agricultural. However, with advances in weather tracking systems, farmers and meteorologists can somewhat tell if bad weather is coming.
Having data beforehand enables farmers to do preemptive measures to ensure their crop survives and maintains viability should bad weather comes. Extreme climate changes such as El Niño and La Niña cost millions of dollars in damages to crops in countries that are profoundly affected.
Having measures that can tell when bad weather is coming, can lessen the damage and ensures that there will still be a sustainable amount of crops.
When it comes to genetics and food production, there’s always controversy involved. However, it’s undeniable that the role of genetics in agriculture plays a significant role in sustenance and nutrition. Genetic manipulation enables crops to be more resistant to pests and harsh weather conditions. Some plants increase yield due to genetic engineering. A simple increase in the yield of crops can address food shortages all over the world.
Genetically enhanced crops can also become more nutritious. An example of this is Golden rice. Golden rice is rich in nutrients, particularly vitamin a. In some countries, vitamin a deficiency is responsible for almost 700,000 deaths of children under the age of 5.
To address this worrying problem, Golden rice was introduced into these countries, which, in turn, significantly helped populations become more healthy.
A lot of advances in the world of agriculture bring benefits to billions of people around the globe. In the past, producing crops was hard, and an inefficient harvest would mean the death of people in some civilizations.
Today, people are armed with advanced tools that significantly improve the way we produce, gather, transport, and consume food. Robots, genetics, tracking systems, and sustainable methods are just a few advances that can help people improve their way of doing agriculture.
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