How digital technology has revolutionised the agricultural sector globally
Digital technology has empowered farmers with access to information and markets, streamlined supply chains, provided tools for food safety and security, and more.
Advancement in digital technology, ubiquitous internet connectivity, and ever-increasing penetration of smartphones are all manifestations of the digital revolution. Agriculture too is taking advantage of this revolution in many ways.
During the last few years, technology has empowered farmers with access to information and markets, streamlined supply chains, provided tools for food safety and security, and more. In a post-pandemic world, the transformation will only become faster.
Here is a look at what has been done so far. Farmer level interventions Giving tools to farmers that put the power back in their hands is the biggest contribution of digital technology. Just like an entrepreneur, farmers now have access to a suite of solutions that tells them what crop will fetch them better returns, the best time to sow, when to water, where to sell and at what price, and much more. Most of these solutions already come at a price point where even a small farmer can afford them; and a few others need groups of farmers to come together.
Digital technology has also enabled farmers to use their phone camera to identify a pest or disease. They can also get customised weather advisories or information on mandi prices, etc. However, while an average farmer in the US or Europe can afford drones to spray pesticides or have IoT-enabled irrigation systems, farmers in developing countries still have to come together to make these technologies affordable. But in spite of that, we have seen new models evolve, and farmers across the world are gaining access to some advanced technologies.
Ecosystem level transformations Digital technology has not just empowered individual farmers, but it has made the whole ecosystem more efficient and more sustainable. Market linkage platforms connect farmers with potential buyers, providing them with a guaranteed and sustainable market. Digitised certification has made it easier to share farming practices and connect with conscious buyers who are willing to pay premium prices. Moreover, visibility to market prices and commodity futures can improve the price paid to farmers. Technologies like remote sensing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are helping governments, banks, and large corporations estimate yield, crop losses, and plan all operations well in advance.
This will soon change the way we anticipate and plan food production. Similarly, data on the consumption side is impacting how organisations come to know and learn about their customers.
Digital technologies have also helped cut food loss and waste, which is to the tune of 14 percent of the world’s food produced. Sensors are being used for crop monitoring, post-harvest, and market quality monitoring. Artificial intelligence and machine learning too has made great strides in detecting plant diseases and receiving advisory from authorised sources, and prevent crop loss.
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