In recent years, the future humanity alimentation topic is so overexposed that its interpretation often seems literally conspiratorial.
Quite typical for the so-called “agricultural analyses”, that question is frequently addressed by persons whose touch points with agriculture end off with the fruit and vegetable shelf in the local supermarket.
From apocalyptic suggestions drawing pictures of ubiquitous starvation and a Mad Max-style future, to hysterical tirades preaching that “computers will rob you of your livelihood”… The global information exchange overflows with “expert” forecasts. Unfortunately, due to the lack of adequate control in social media in particular, such manipulative revelations impact huge audiences, inclusive agricultural producers themselves.
Reality is quite different and the good news is that ever more farmers understand it. And first, as in almost every sector within today’s economy, new technologies are both a prerequisite and a means for improvement.
Given that we at Archimedes – UDSS offer a solution targeting irrigated crops, here we’ll focus on the productivity and income issues specific for them. In the hi-tech context we see in general two groups of tools offering positive impact that farmers could consider in line with their own needs, prospects and ambitions.
Modern biotech and advances in genetics reveal unsuspected horizons. Here it’s good to keep in mind that demonized GMOs are just one among many possible paths. Now solutions to problems such as climate resilience, improved nutritional qualities and pest control are not only desirable but also necessary. It’s a fact that with growing population and the accompanying reduction of traditional arable land. So the development of new varieties and hybrids simply cannot be overlooked.
Innovation in farming techniques
Here goes IrriGATE. However, we are far from thinking that we are the only ones working in this direction. Modern tech advances allow farmers to improve not only watering, but a range of other aspects of agricultural activity. Such as: soil tilling, sowing and fertilizing, plant protection and harvesting. Even if we ignore the obvious agro-technical advantages for farmers, the implementation of such solutions leads to far better use of capital and increased long-term returns.
Both mentioned groups of improvements can (and actually do) contribute to sustainable irrigated agriculture. It’s exactly that sustainability which is the key to better economic outcomes for farmers themselves. Also to the reduction of agriculture’s environmental impact.
An additional but quite important advantage of introducing innovation in farming is the expansion of the opportunities for social inclusion of large groups of representatives of the most vulnerable communities: those in rural areas.
Contrary to the (seemingly) mass-minded view that technology would lead to a collapse in the labour market in agriculture, the reality is different.
In fact technologies are carrying the potential to spur the development of whole new areas of employment. Hence the demand for specialists with skills implying an unmatched (read: considerably better than the traditional ones for the sector today) return on investment in staff – agronomists profiled in genetics, agro-ecologists, tech-savvy operators and even agro-cyberneticists – will continue to grow. On its part that will positively impact not only labour productivity in a number of sectors, agriculture inclusive, but also tax income in state budgets. Thus – the levels and methods of social assistance and finally: the societies’ well-being, including in rural areas.
So there are many opportunities for improvement and these are here. It’s up to the farmers’ prescience and ambition to turn them into practice. One such opportunity is offered by Archimedes – UDSS. So if you’re already seeing the prospects ahead of the future farming, be welcome at https://www.archimedes-udss.com/en/home/.