The agriculture industry, one of the world's oldest, is undergoing a massive transformation that’s been triggered by the ever increasing climate crises, urgent need for sustainability and geopolitical complications. In order to forge ahead, agriculture needs to step into a new era and farmers stand right at the precipice of true revolution – one that’s helped by modern innovation in robotics, AI and precision.
Water, the lifeblood of agriculture, is increasingly recognized as a finite resource – farmers have to undertake the responsibility of careful management. Water optimization remains a top priority for the industry on a global scale. Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing a big role in revolutionizing irrigation practices. Advanced sensors can now detect leaks and malfunctions instantly, allowing for rapid repairs and minimizing water loss due to leakage. The ability to target water distribution precisely ensures that crops receive the required moisture while minimizing waste.
That’s just the starting as each region needs to adapt solutions for water scarcity since there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Innovations aimed at reducing water usage are already evolving as we speak given the vital importance of water preservation in the face of global warming and the rising demands for food output.
One way this specific problem is tackled is through the adoption of vertical farming, which changes the way crops are cultivated on a fundamental level. Vertical farming brings crop production into controlled environments indoors. These spaces manage variables like light, temperature, humidity, and air quality to optimize the growth of popular crops such as lettuce and tomatoes. The benefits are manifold, chief among which is the ability to protect crops from unpredictable weather as well as maximize output on limited space.
By establishing vertical farms closer to urban areas, where the majority of the population resides, access to fresher produce is increased.