The Upcoming Purpose and Challenges of AgTech – What Is Ahead?

By Carlos Miskinis

3rd of January

With all the latest terms surrounding the concept of AgTech, it can be a fairly complex task to explain everything this concept entails and what challenges await in order for it to be fully developed. The meaning of AgTech can revolve around farming analytics, agriculture profit acquisition development or field crop optimization systems. From a broad perspective, how most people view and comprehend the concept of Agtech is: machinery or technology that makes farming more cost-efficient, productive and sustainable. Now since we got the concept straight (at least on the broad level), we can discuss the future of agriculture technology further and talk about what exactly will be the breakthroughs that innovators will need to achieve in order to optimize the agriculture industry, increase sustainability in order to feed a growing population and ensure a food-rich future.

 

a drone filming a crop field

 

Machinery Is Bound To Become The Dominant Force In Agriculture

As the demand for higher and more intense food production processes will get bigger, machinery that will be capable of withstanding and replacing an immense workload that is currently executed by humans will be crucial to adopt. However, in order for agriculture technology to reach the stage of mass adoption, one of the main goals of AgTech development firms must be to achieve ease of use, as the previous tools, machines, and methods that were used for farming are too outdated. Because of this, since the progression of AgTech has experienced immense levels of speed, the demographics of farmers who are dominating the agriculture industry across the globe will experience a lack of traction when it comes to successfully adopting new tech.

 

farmer using precision agriculture equipment

 

Achieving Better Decision Making With Precision Agriculture Technology

Precision agriculture is already introducing its potential in today’s farming and AgTech marketplace by providing farmers with the ability to develop new methods of tracking and monitoring crop health, developing more accurate estimates on the upcoming weather events and using all data that is being fed into the monitoring systems to make more accurate and calculated decisions towards getting more “bang for buck” when it comes to farming more crops without expanding the field sizes.

 

Working on Increasing Profitability In Order To Embrace The Wave of AgTech

The most important thing the agriculture industry needs to focus on in order to successfully transform the current farming strategies, equipment and methodologies that were applied thus far, will always be figuring out how to develop the financial support that is needed to accelerate farm development and help local farmers adopt the upcoming agriculture technologies more easily. The initiatives that would be the most optimal towards achieving this will most certainly involve attracting younger farmers to the field of agriculture by issuing grants, developing more in-depth training programs and coming up with solutions on helping already established local farmers improve the efficiency of their farms. By developing a solid foundation that would support farmers across all sectors will give them the ability to generate more income that they could later use for purchasing and acquiring AgTech that will skyrocket their productivity, allow them to expand and drive the agriculture industry forward.

 

farmer using agtech to plant crops

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Carlos Miskinis

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