Agriculture 4.0: An emerging paradigm shift in farming

The farming sector is moving towards a new paradigm – Agriculture 4.0 that integrates a number of innovations in order to produce agricultural products. These innovations include AI, drones, big data, remote sensing, IoT and digital maps in order to streamline farming operations.

Technical improvements in the agriculture sector optimize production efficiency and quality, minimize carbon footprint; and lower production-associated risks.

Here’s how Agriculture 4.0 could help overcome future challenges:

• Population is rising at an unprecedented rate, and in the coming years, world population is likely to grow to nearly 10 billion by 2050 that will ultimately boost demand for food. In order to meet the same, advanced technologies must be leveraged to increase farm productivity.

• Climate change is rapidly altering the environment, and the amount of GHG emissions has reached the highest in history which necessitates the inclusion of Agriculture 4.0 to combat the effects of global warming.

• On top of that, nearly 33% of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year gets wasted. Fortunately, innovative technology can improve the way our food is distributed and consumed, transforming our supply chains for the better and improving the quality and shelf life food.

• The relative stagnation in agri-productivity in recent years, especially in South Asia and Africa, highlights the need for new ideas to improve rural livelihoods. To raise productivity, Agriculture 4.0 can enable farmers to manage inputs more efficiently, adopt production systems, and conserve natural resources.

That’s the benefit of Agriculture 4.0: It can not only make farmers more productive and efficient but also has the potential to reshape the entire agricultural economy.