Technology and mechanisation for the future
With Africa’s population growing in leaps and bounds and the earth’s resources being put under strain, the face of farming as we know it will have to radically change to meet increasing food demands.
There is no doubt that mechanisation and technological advances will be crucial to a
sustainable agricultural sector in a bid to improve food security. Artificial intelligence will become the norm and many of these latest innovations are already proving their worth. It
is predicted that farming machinery will grow 7% per year until 2020.
Engineering innovationsare already showing higher crops and a definite decrease in
pesticides, fertiliser and water. All this has a further positive influence by driving down food prices.
Artificial intelligence used in conjunction with the cloud makes it possible to run a farm from a smart phone. Telematics can provide ongoing information to a farmer allowing him to control his entire operation with the push of a button. Workforce strikes will become less as workers are trained and up-skilled. In South Africa with local workers refusing to do menial farming jobs and ever increasing legislation hampering production, mechanisation will ensure that the farmer will be able to focus on providing the nation with food instead of becoming a political pawn on the government’s agenda.
The agricultural environment will by all account, lead the way in precision farming and technology implementation to feed Africa’s population. The world’s population is predicted to grown to a whopping 9.7 billion by 2050.