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Innovation In Farming

With the government’s support and policymakers understanding the importance of innovation in the agriculture ecosystem, smart farm machinery has the potential to encourage farmers to shift from input-intensive to knowledge-intensive agriculture

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The Indian government recently legalised usage of drones which has already created a lot of buzz in the market. Drones are excellent for small farm applications and can be useful for their data imaging qualities. As the images are ultra-high-tech, the details can be seen very minutely which further can be used for creating soil fertility maps. Moreover, automation in farming assures increased efficiency and crop productivity. Also, thanks to precision farming, we have GPS-enabled crop management systems and geo fencing that can help farmers in making informed decisions about the cultivated area. Laser land levellers that help in ensuring a flatter, even surface, thereby making sure that the irrigation water reaches every part of the field. All of this is related to smart farm machinery.

The concept of smart farm machinery has the capacity to increase output, lower costs and enhance farm incomes. Convergence of cloud platforms, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence has helped in opening up new opportunities such as getting early weather updates, tracking the nutrient content in soil etc. The field of agriculture has witnessed a lot of innovations over a period of time. All these innovations are slowly falling under an umbrella term called precision farming that is being encouraged in many parts of the world.

Development in agriculture is a priority of majority of the nations. Concerns primarily related to increasing population and food security have urged the development strategists to promote cultivation. From traditional agriculture to precision farming, the agriculture ecosystem has witnessed various phases of growth. India has now started investing heavily in agri start-ups that promote the idea of smart farm machinery. Smart farm machinery is the need of the hour and has the potential to catapult Indian farming to the next level.

India is a nation of farmers and more than half of its population is somehow related to farming. Interestingly, farmers living in rural areas are also resorting to technology in order to multiply their crop production. Farmers are now connected with the latest technology via the internet. Today there are various mobile applications that update farmers about monsoon that is crucial for sowing and harvesting.

At a time when there are parts of our population that do not have sufficient food for a healthy and active life, it becomes extremely important to look for solutions that can help in tackling the same. Also, it is imperative for the farmer to make sure that his efforts do not go in vain. Innovations such as electric tractor and autonomous tractor have a huge role in helping farmers understand the soil nutrient content better, know about the weather conditions and recognizing farm boundaries.

With the government’s support and policymakers understanding the importance of innovation in the agriculture ecosystem, smart farm machinery has the potential to encourage farmers to shift from input-intensive to knowledge-intensive agriculture. With the help of these technological inventions, timeliness of planting can be improved and the best price of the crops through a better understanding of the market can be realized.  It, therefore becomes important that the world together fights the food security issues and the need to make farmers learn the emerging technologies.

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Sharad Gupta

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