Changing the Agricultural Story
Compiled by Olusegun Falade
10,000 years ago marked the beginning of agriculture. Before that time, earlier humans survived on wild fruits, veggies and animal hunting. But when years of casting seeds aside caused plants to spring up in unexpected places, our ancestors started considering the possibility of cultivating close to home. Many more years led to several improvements from planting styles to irrigation methods to domestication of animals. Even though it took a lot of time and hard work, they were able to achieve a certain level of farming that worked well for them.
Fast forward to the 21st century, and you will be amazed at the degree of improvement the world has seen. Every part of our lives has changed. Things that usually took days are now done in minutes, and pretty much everything has gone digital.
The field of Agriculture has changed as well. It’s no longer about the hoes and the cutlasses. It has gone beyond spending long hours on the field just to get food on the table. The game remains the same, but there are new rules to follow to remain relevant in the industry.
With the introduction of drones, the farmer doesn’t have to be on the farm to monitor the activities. He can sit in front of a computer, observe hectares of farmland and discover where plants are doing poorly or identify unhealthy animals. Nowadays, farmers don’t have to plant according to the season but according to demand, because they can create the necessary environment for their crops by growing them inside greenhouses. It doesn’t matter if it rains or if it snows, the farmer calls the shots, not the weather.
Now apart from the farm-monitoring drones and the weather-doesn’t-matter greenhouses, there is this unprecedented branch of science that has made an entrance into the agricultural world: Artificial Intelligence. AI has begun to change our perspective on agricultural processes since agribots (Agricultural Robots) are now able to monitor weather changes, control weed population, observe and record plants’ growth and so much more.
Agriculture is no longer what we used to know. Your success in this field will not be a function of how strong you are, but a function of the measures you put in place to turn little efforts into great results.