Several decades ago, what we now know as agriculture of today was not what it is. The traditional form of farming has several loopholes which give little room for efficiency and high rate of production as well as its high laborious state.
The traditional farming made use of crude farm tools such as hoe, cutlass, rakes, baskets and animal-drawn equipment which slows work down since animals need to rest once they get tired. It also involve the raising of animals on free range system which exposes animals to adverse weather condition, theft and diseases resulting in weak and unhealthy animals. Despite the disadvantages, the aged stricken agriculture created job opportunities for people since human power was in use though with less efficiency and low output production.
In the modern age, technology has changed the way things are done. Farmers use technologies such as motorized equipment, modified housing structures and management for animals and biotechnology has allowed farmers to feed more people as well as require fewer people to work on the farm. Improved agriculture allows for greater efficiency and high produce since less human power is used.
Farming operations has drastically improved with the use of hybridized crops and chemical fertilizers (manure) are being replaced by chemical fertilizers. Also, increased productivity depends on availability of water on the farm year-in, year-out which pins down to irrigation (the artificial ways of supplying water on farms), should water-logging occur, drainage system has been devised to drain excess water from the soil to avoid spoilage of crops planted on the farm.
Furthermore, the invention of drones is a plus to agriculture today. Drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle applied to farming in order to help increase food production and monitor crop growth. It is used as security on the farm as well as to reveal issues on the farm such as irrigation problem, pest infestation and soil variation. Having identified those problems, the farmer can attempt to improve crop management and production.
More so, the farmer need not carry his produce to a physical location to sell since innovation has made sales easy with the use of social media platforms. He makes his sales by showcasing his produce then, he gets buyers. He gets his produce sold without stepping his foot on a physical location.
Indeed, technology has made farming easy which has undoubtedly created interests for agriculture in more people; youths especially. The border line between the aged stricken agriculture and modern agriculture has been drawn. Therefore, the more people get involved in agriculture (youths especially), the more life is made easy.