During the past decade, the implementation of technology gave farmers the opportunity to drastically increase yield sizes by maximizing output and automating input via the capabilities of AgTech. However, experts are sure that it is necessary to automate and digitize some of the most essential processes in farming even more, such as planting and cultivation in order to reap the benefits of optimal sustainability and gradual profitability. It is crucial to realize, that digitization will help us meet the goal of sustaining our growing population, which is, of course, the biggest challenge we are facing due to the ever-increasing number of people on earth. There are many solutions that will allow us to maximize sustainability. For example, innovations such as precision agriculture is a great method of doing this, however, it does require a slightly different approach compared to a standard historical/manual approach of farming we are using right now.
If we fail to achieve global adoption for new approaches like this one, it will be very difficult to improve the import/export experiences between leading countries as well, which is the main factor that will impact diverse food availability between countries. Data shows, that countries who are the biggest food providers thus far, all went through a technological farming revolution. For example, the idea of classical extensive agriculture was replaced by precision AG. Meaning, that systems for planting and cultivating crops changed from manual and labor-intensive approaches to data-based procedures that use robots, satellites and computers to do all the heavy-lifting. Moreover, instead of ploughing, sowing and fertilizing manually (as it was done throughout the history of agriculture), nowadays farmers can calculate the number of necessary resources for each crop in their field using AgTech – this makes it possible to avoid over expenditure of raw materials, it increases yield sizes more effectively and improves sustainability. This just proves the importance of digitization and how necessary it is to implement.
However, in order to continue succeeding with precision agriculture and digitization, it is necessary to help farmers go through three preparatory stages first.
If we help farmers achieve these 3-steps and help them adopt these approaches globally, it is realistic to reach the stage of abundance in food resources by the year of 2050.
We’ve covered the general meaning of digitization and explained its vast plethora of benefits, but there are a few things that stop it from gaining the momentum it deserves. All of them really boil down to the financial ability and digital knowledge of farmers. The current financial circumstances most professional growers are to prevent them from adopting AgTech at an optimal rate. Moreover, the lack of general knowledge about technology, its benefits and how it works also hinders digitization. To solve these issues, the course of action we must take is directly related to bringing agriculture technology to the forefront, working on creating the right financial circumstances for farmers and slowly but surely helping the agriculture sector get over the learning curve that’s required to utilize digitization to its fullest extent.