Smart Farming

What is Smart Farming

Smart farming refers to a farm management concept that uses modern technology with the aim of increasing the quality and quantity of agricultural products. This approach includes aspects such as the Internet of Things (IoT), data management, soil scanning, as well as the access to GPS among other smart technologies. Over the years, smart farming has become useful to all farmers – small and large scale, in that it gives farmers access to technologies and devices that help in the maximization of products’ quality and quantity, while reducing the cost of farming.
The prospects are high that smart farming will change agriculture in a great way. Smart farming is expected to bridge the gap between large and small-scale farmers in both developing and developed countries. Technological advancement, growth in the internet of things, and the introduction of smartphones have contributed immensely to the adoption of technology in agriculture. Different countries understand the worth of these technologies, which explains why most countries are eager to promote the implementation of precision farming techniques.

There is no doubt that most agricultural operations that were practiced traditionally have changed significantly nowadays. This can be attributed to technological advancement, the adoption of smart farming techniques and methodologies such as the use of machines, devices, sensors, and information technology. Presently, farmers make use of sophisticated technologies like aerial images, moisture and temperature sensors, GPS technology and robots. Such technology makes farming not only to be a profitable venture but also an environmentally friendly, safer, and efficient.

Perhaps, you are concerned about the importance of smart farming and agricultural technology. Presently, there is no need for farmers to apply pesticides, fertilizers, and water uniformly across the entire farm. The introduction of technology in agriculture and specifically smart farming allows farmers to use the lowest quantities of these elements, and target certain areas of their farm, or even apply them selectively on given.

Examples for Startups working on Smart Farming

Gamaya, a Swiss startup active in smart farming, responds to the need to feed 10bn people by developing unique farmland diagnostics services for industrial growers in Brazil using patented breakthrough imaging technology to capture all information about physiology and chemical composition of crops in a most efficient way. Our core offering is early detection of disease and pests, detection and diagnostics of stress (mechanical damage, nutrient deficiency, water stress, soil compaction), monitoring of growth for optimization of fertilization, as well as prediction of yield. Gamaya solution empowers farmers to achieve significant economic gains including 30% increase in yield, 40% decrease in costs, as well as 70% decrease in disease-related risks, all of which facilitates the production of quality products and reduces negative environmental impact. Gamaya has been featured by Forbes as one of the 4 European AgriTech startups with a potential to become a $1 billion-dollar company.

CropX, an ag-analytics company, develops cloud-based software solutions integrated with wireless sensors, which boosts crops yield and saves water and energy. It offers advanced adaptive irrigation software service that delivers crop yield increase, and water and energy cost saving services while conserving the environment. The company also generates irrigation maps and automatically applies the right amount of water to different parts of the same field.

Aker Technologies Inc, develops smart in-season crop management tools to accelerate the adoption of precision farming practices across the industry. Aker has developed patented computer vision and biometric sensors, along with software and service solutions to detect, classify and measure pests’ pressure, airborne pathogens, crop diseases and fertility issues inside the canopy of crop fields.

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