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How Can IT Industry Help in Smart Agriculture?

Enterprise Technology Review | Monday, October 28, 2019

It is a fact that agricultural activities consume nearly 70 percent of the earth’s water resources. Although they are global issues, every farmer should take the responsibility of making appropriate changes around the place by leveraging technology.

FREMONT, CA: Like any other sector, agriculture has also gained from technological developments. Farmers rely on the IT industry for several things, including the management of farm operations. Indeed, IT has transformed how farmers took care of crops and livestock. In other words, e-agriculture has become the new phenomenon and is here to stay. It is also drastically modifying the processes in food production and farming.

Cloud Computing:

Cloud computing is an application that can help the farmers to manage their crops better as well as their business through its software-as-a-service (SaaS) features. Many start-up firms are budding in business applications that are committed to aiding the challenges faced by the agricultural sector. A few apps also help the farmers to create budgets and operational schedules based on their production plans. With the help of the farming-specific software, farmers can efficiently take care of workforce management. It can also help in chalking out the weather forecasts and progress the monitoring accordingly. 

Mobile Technology:

Mobile technology is transforming the way farmers used to monitor and evaluate everything with pencil and paper into smartphones and tablets. Many applications have been designed, especially for field teams, to accumulate data in real-time. It also sends updates through mobile to the field teams, indicating them about the new assignments they have to manage. Apart from being helpful, it is one of the most cost-effective methods to collect data or have access to it in the fields.

Security Technologies and RFID:

RFID can help the farmers to track their cattle regularly, along with health monitoring and recording the database of each animal’s health history. Furthermore, during certified organic crop shipments, the use of technology helps in reducing the forged and impure food transfers via security tagging.

Smart Farming:

Data analytics is widely used for precision agriculture, which is termed as smart farming as it helps the agri-businesses to cut expenses and enhance yields smartly. The technology helps the small-scale farmers to collect data from various sources and utilize them to make better decisions. The most important application of it comes into action when the water sensors help in proper planning of the water usage, particularly in drought-prone areas, to eliminate various impacts of calamities.

See Also: Top Agtech Startups