How does the farming business keep up with an ever-increasing population? What must the agricultural industry do to feed nearly 10 billion people by 2050?
Smart farming is the answer to such questions. The agriculture sector provides fresh food, dairy, and meat to every human on the earth. Farming has shifted away from the once-common family farm to industrial agriculture, yet modern agriculture's practises will soon be unable to maintain the population.
Agriculture has had to keep up with the rise of technology in practically every business. Thankfully, the advantages of IoT-based farm management exceed the difficulties farmers must confront in dealing with changing conditions. As a result, farmers everywhere have risen to the occasion to implement the Internet of Things (IoT) into their daily farming operations.
The Rise of Smart Agriculture
The term “smart agriculture” is a relatively new one. It describes the application of technology to farming in general and adding Internet of Things solutions. These include livestock monitoring, the use of drones, tracking vehicles and produce, and more.
One of the significant factors of smart agriculture is that it uses technology to grow food cleanly and sustainably for the growing population. Sensors help farmers monitor crops and irrigation systems. Sensors assist farmers in keeping track of their crops and irrigation systems. Furthermore, all devices are connected, allowing farmers to view any parameters of urgent interest quickly and conveniently.
One of the main concerns about smart farming is that robots will strip people of their employment. Agricultural employment, on the other hand, has decreased by only 1%.
Individual plants can be given just enough resources to ensure their health and growth. Furthermore, sensors inform farmers if and how much a plant requires extra water or a certain nutrient, ensuring that the resource is not wasted.
Farmers are now forced to cultivate food in a changing climate, with deteriorated soils, and decreasing land availability. Farmers can now monitor their crops and cattle using smart farming technology, preventing problems before they emerge.
Furthermore, IoT farming's automated component speeds up farming activities, resulting in higher productivity and efficiency. As a result, having an efficient system is essential for farmers to complete their tasks.
Overall, IoT-based farm management has lower expenses. Because of robots that can fertilise, harvest, and water crops, many of the tasks are automated. Again, this minimises resource usage, lowering water and energy expenses. Furthermore, because human mistake is practically removed, the majority of products are appropriate for sale, resulting in minimal waste.
Insight into the Data on a Continuous Basis
Farmers have access to real-time data thanks to monitors and sensors. They can see soil moisture, sunshine intensity, weather conditions, and production levels on a single screen that they can access from anywhere. They can also use the information to learn more about how to boost yields.