The global agricultural industry is ever-growing, with new seeds of innovation. From increased global food consumption to the climate crisis, there are numerous reasons why it is so essential for the world of agriculture to keep ahead of the climate crisis. So what are the most prominent agricultural trends to watch out for in 2023?
- Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been proven to efficiently copy human intelligence and behaviour to help with tasks like monitoring soil health, fighting pests and diseases in crops, and assisting with the overall workload. AI can help farmers lower their burden of identifying the problem and help them focus on taking care of their farms in other ways.
Bioengineering, through editing DNA and RNA, consists of technologically advanced tools creating genetically modified products. Biotechnology allows farmers to produce a better yield that will eventually become profitable. Bioengineering not only can increase crop quality but can also potentially eradicate crop disease!
3. Water Management
The continuous demand for water has led to the search for different approaches to managing water in agriculture. Water management seeks to use water to provide crops and animals with the required water, enhance productivity, and preserve natural resources to benefit ecosystem services.
4. Regenerative Agriculture
Regenerative agriculture, which focuses mainly on soil health, improves the resources it uses rather than damaging or exhausting them. Regenerative agriculture can be attained through planting multiple crops, feeding the different soil nutrients, rotating and covering crops, and minimising the application of chemical fertilisers.
5. Internet of Things
IoT devices in agriculture are specifically utilised to efficiently measure and monitor data, including the most critical soil health and other factors such as equipment efficiency and weather conditions. In short, the analysis and knowledge provided by IoT devices allow farmers to make well-informed decisions on a day-to-day basis.
6. Chemical-free Fertilizers
Organic materials and chemical-free fertilisers enhance the soil texture, allowing it to retain water longer and increase the bacterial and fungal activity in the soil. On the other hand, chemical-based fertilisers deprive the ground of its nutrients, making it lose fertility. Likely, this trend will considerably show up in 2023!
Not only are drones ideal for tasks that require precision, but they are also incredibly efficient overall. With the latest available software, they can enhance their ability to monitor crop and soil health. As a result, drones can help farmers optimise inputs, react more quickly to threats, save time in crop scouting, and estimate yield from a field.
8. Vertical Farming
Vertical farming involves growing produce on vertically stacked layers. When paired with artificial lighting, it results in a higher volume of food production. Vertical farming allows farmers to keep up with the increased food demand and means that external variables such as weather conditions and diseases will not affect crop growth.
9. Big Data
Analytics allow industry leaders and everyday workers to establish which processes are working and which areas need improvement. With new technology enabling us to collect more significant quantities of data than ever, there are numerous ways in which big data benefits the farming industry. For example, big data provides insights to farmers into factors such as rainfall patterns and water cycles that optimise crop growth.
10. Sustainable Practices
As one of the largest sectors in the world, in response to the climate crisis, the agricultural industry has a responsibility to step up and make a change. From solar drones to sustainably modified crops and nano technologies, these sustainable solutions have been designed specifically to protect the environment.
Innovation and technology let us do more and better with less. At the farm level, different kinds of innovations are taking place. Be it a process, a product, or the market & infrastructure, progressing is the only way to cope with the increasing demand for better-quality food products.
agribazaar would be a discoverer and innovator. It’s focused on coming up with tech-based solutions that make the lives of farmers easier & convenient. With technologically advanced products like AgriBhumi, AgriKnow, and Kisan Safalta Card, agribazaar has created an entire ecosystem that caters to every stakeholder in the value chain.