At present, the world’s population is increasing rapidly at a rate of 1.05 percent per year (i.e., roughly 81 million people per year). The United Nations has already stipulated that a global population of approximately 9.5 billion people will inhabit the world by 2050. This gives us the challenge to increase agricultural productivity to feed the increasing population. To address this pressing issue, agriculture sector requires new approaches, which will not only increase productivity but also ensure environmental protection. And if we were to take a look at the future, there are already a few trends transforming the agriculture industry at a global level.
Many countries are now adopting smart ways to upgrade agricultural practices. Smart farming is an application of artificial intelligence and communication systems, giving farmers a digital solution to farming practices. Among these cutting-edge innovations, particularly, the use of IoT-enabled devices is revolutionising agriculture in providing smart connectivity in the process of the crop production system. Farmers are using the digital device with embedded sensors in their field that collects and exchanges farm data. The collated information is then analysed automatically using specific crop models to predict crop health, diseases, soil quality, weather risks and apt amount of water to irrigate the field. The IoT-enabled sensors are also being used in combination with artificial intelligence to precisely deliver water and targeted crop protection treatments based on specific geographic needs, pest and disease pressures, as well as plant lifecycle requirements. Besides, these innovations are paving the way for 24/7 farming by contributing to self-driving tractors, drones, and robots that can be guided by a farmer’s phone or tablet during critical times of the season.
At this juncture, many cutting-edge agtech solution providers are entering the domain with advanced and integrated offerings. To help the agriculture sector strengthen its operational capabilities and simultaneously enable growth in the industry, Enterprise Technology Review has compiled a list of the top agtech solution providing companies. The list comprises prominent organisations in the industry that address issues pertinent to smart farming by implementing current trends. Besides, the magazine also includes insights from thought leaders in the sector on the industry trends, best practices, recent innovations, and their advice for aspiring CIOs.
We present to you Enterprise Technology Review’s, “Top 10 AgTech Solution Providers in Europe – 2020.”