Why Do We Need Smart Agriculture?

Updated: Jun 11, 2021

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What is Smart Agriculture?

Smart agriculture or smart farming revolves around the general advancement made in the 21st century to help farming be more prosperous through IoT (The internet of things).

The internet of things (IoT) refers to the latest advancement in smart farming whereby farming is data driven and can be used with artificial intelligence (Ai) to make better decisions.

Throughout the years, farming itself has seen many revolutions which stemmed from new technologies being introduced into the marketplace. As new technology becomes more accessible to various markets, more and more farmers can adopt these systems to help improve the general output of their farming and the utilization of valuable resources.

What Are Some of The Examples of Smart Farming?

Looking after plants

When we think of smart farming or smart solutions today, we typically look for advancements in autonomous and robotic labour, and whilst this is a growing field, there are other advancements in which farmers are starting to look into and take advantage of.

Examples of smart farming:

  • Autonomous robotic labour

  • Sensors and IoT

Today we are beginning to see a big shift towards using systems that work with sensors and IoT to help guide farmers to producing more efficient plantations, whilst bring down the use of valuable resources like water, fertilizer and more.

Why Do We Need Smart Farming?

The United Nations projected the worlds population to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion by 2050.

With these estimates, the world’s general food consumption is going to increase, and this will lead to a general increase on food consumption worldwide as demand grows.

Agriculture being one of the oldest industries in the world has seen many revolutions but with new technology available today with smart farming, modern day farming techniques could see an increase in output, which is both sustainable and eco-friendly.

The aim of smart farming is to help the decision-making process for better farm management. A system that optimises and examines how small to large scale farming can aid the production output as well as focuses on the preservation of resources.

What Information Can I Get From Smart Farming?

Generally known as the Internet of things (IoT), which looks at gathering data to help streamline farming via the creation advanced automations that take into account soil moisture, air temperature, air humidity, sunlight density and more across fields to aid farmers in water usage and crop yield of large and local farms.

What Are The Benefits of Smart Farming?

Farm fields

Most sensors available today are incredibly efficient at providing insights through platforms to help increase efficiency and production of crops.

Benefits of using smart farming:

  • Water Conservation.

  • Real-Time Data and Production Insight.

  • Farmers can visualize production levels,

  • Soil moisture,

  • Sunlight intensity and more in real time and remotely to accelerate decision making process.

  • Lowered Operation Costs.

  • Increased Quality of Production

The Future of Smart Agriculture

Future farming

The world as we know it today is changing and one of the biggest threats to the world’s future revolves around our climate and the growth of our population. On top of this, we all understand that we only have a finite number of resources available today across many sectors.

The United Kingdom has stated that it is 30 to 40 years away from “the fundamental eradication of soil fertility”. This valuable resource available to farmers is crucial and leaves just one country on the brink of losing a valuable resource need to help grow crops.

This is one of the areas where IoT can help can help position farmers in the proper utilization of their resources which go beyond the use of soil, but take into account the use of other resources.

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