The agricultural industry must embrace the use of accuracy farming and benefit of developing Internet of Things (IoT) if it is feed to the 9.6 billion population of the world by 2050 according to Therese Cory. He is the authors of a new report launched called ‘Towards Smart Farming’ and also a senior analyst at Beecham Research.
How to meet the rising demand for the increasing climate change and limited natural resources has become the main problem the world is facing. So the farming industry requires digital transformation and technical innovation the most now. The report describes how it and machine to machine technologies are impacting the transformation of farming industry to improve efficiency, quantity, and quality.
IoT technologies can improve crop yield by removing waste, driving operational productivity, and create protected food supply chain. Here are the key abilities of it that make it necessary to the future of farming.
Weather predication: 90% of all crop losses are because of weather. With advanced technologies that can integrate it and weather data, farmers will able to create predictive weather report. It can give the insights that assist farmers to take strategic decisions on planting crops and take essential measures to avoid the damage caused by extreme weather. Using weather data, farmers can also make advanced irrigation systems to save water and avoid pesticide waste through predicting rain.
Plant and field real-time monitoring: The IoT solution can integrate the sensor data and drone imagery from environment sensors and soil. The generated insights from that data can be useful for farmers to take better decisions and thus drive high performance.
It has built the Smart farm device. This device can monitor the crop condition 24/7 in real time, examining the sensor data and drone aerial imagery from the environment and soil, providing the information such as soil type, crop ambient temperature, humidity, water, and soil fertilizer and irrigation valves. It helps farmers improve operational productivity and crop productivity by taking planned measures guided by these insights.
Food safety and supply chain management
It’s Smart farm device is aiming to assist farmers to use data to take the proper decision from planting, growing, harvesting and to transport food. The capacity to track and monitor the path of food delivery can not only save the wastage of food but also protect food.
In the U.S., every year up to 40% of food is wasted which is likely to cost about $165 billion, while 50% of the food is being wasted during distribution. To describe the best route for transportation of food with the information on environmental and weather conditions is a vital stage to avoid the wastage of food. Although, food companies now monitor the manufacture and process of delivery in order to control the food quality. Now people can have information from where their food came and this is all because of the transparent food supply chain.
The agricultural industry future
In the 2016 Global Opportunity Report, Smart Agriculture has been known as the top rank opportunity. The stakeholders and farmers in the ecosystem are confident to execute modern technologies to utilize the resources proficiently and optimize yield. The acceleration of modern innovation and technologies are changing the face of the agriculture industry.
Thus, we can fight for the shortage of food together and can build a better future for the next generation with IoT (Internet of Things).