3 Things That Will Amaze You About Agri-Tech
1. Agri-tech industries are set to grow largely over the next 15 years!
In 2013, the agri-tech sector contributed £14 billion to the UK economy and in the next few years this will see further growth.
A new million square-foot agri-tech park is being proposed in Cambridge, UK where said park could create up to 4,000 jobs.
But this phenomenon isn’t onlylocalised to UK borders, across the globe, the Indian government has encouraged agri-tech startups to build a strong framework for the country’s agricultural growth. They’ve recognised that innovative agri-tech has the ability to change the way we combat problems that we have always faced.
Watch out for emerging technologies which produce environmentally friendly processes for essential systems such as food production and water conservation. They’ll soon be on everyone’s lips!
2. Imagine a tractor which drives itself?!
Precision farming is a subsector of agri-tech which is growing the fastest.Smart machines are being created to provide a more efficient and adaptable farming experience.
Agricultural robotics are now equipped with lasers to kill weeds rather than using chemicals, being programmed to drive farming equipment and plant seeds.
The significance of this is that it allows farmers to capture data about their crops. This information can then provide indications of the details of future crop growth such as the lengths of time each harvest would take and when exactly the crops would be ready.
The capacity to predict the future of individual crops would make crop management more operational.
Exciting times ahead where there is the potential for robot farm equipmentto slowly take over the world.
3. Aeroponics: The future of farming
The ability to grow plants without any soil and very little water sounds like magic, but through aeroponic technology it has become our reality. From this method, plants can be grown vertically, giving huge savings on space for farmers, resulting in much higher yields.
With no soil, aeroponics have eliminated many of the soil-based pathogens and weeds. On average, over 11 pesticides are sprayed onto traditionally grown lettuces each year. This technology removes the need for expensive herbicides and pesticides, making the food produced in this way much more attractive to the end user.
Additionally, by using 90% less water than traditional agriculture and running on solar power, this technology will lead the way in sustainable development.
The environmental impact of farming is at the heart of agri-tech innovation. Traditional agriculture takes a massive toll on the planet’s natural resources.
Through investment in cutting-edge technologies, we have the potential to flip the paradigm of exploitation to one of preservation and conservation.
Maybe “amazed” isn’t a strong enough adjective to describe these technological developments.
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