The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that the agricultural market in Africa will grow to $1 trillion by 2030 through the help of technology.
While agricultural productivity in Africa has picked up in recent years, agricultural technologies could be a game-changer in boosting productivity and vast potential for the African farmers.
These four technologies are to especially look out for, in the coming years.
Agro-robots can potentially attract millennials’ increased involvement in Agriculture.
Farm robots are increasing production yields for farmers in different ways. They help in harvesting and picking, utility platforms, sorting and packing, weed control, autonomous mowing, seeding, spraying, thinning, and pruning.
They are helping the farmers to close the gap between food demand and farmland, and to improve their production yields.
- Crop Sensors
Crop sensors help to monitor and eliminate human errors, discover parasites, help in efficient crop management and regulations through implanted chips, bioinformatics, etc.
For instance, with field fertilization before application, crop sensors will help to inform application equipment of correct amounts needed.
- LED Indoor Crop Technology
Indoor growing and LEDs allow fast, year-round crop cycles. This permits growers to produce 200,000 pounds of leafy greens, vine crops, herbs and microgreens annually in a 12,000-square-foot warehouse, which is the equivalent of 80 acres of farmland. Not dependent on the outside weather, plants can grow year-round, enabling a grower to produce 15 or more crops a year.
- Cloud Farming
Cloud computing can be used to aggregate data from tools like soil sensors, satellite images, and weather stations to help farmers make better decisions about managing their crops. The cloud’s analytic capabilities also aid farmers in understanding their production environment.
This plethora of information can be uploaded to the cloud, which provides enough storage, speed, and computing power to analyze the collected data and package it in a form useful to farmers.
Agriculture in Africa is changing for the better.
With all the benefits of digitalization, entrepreneurs in Africa are increasingly seeing opportunities in the agricultural sector using technology, and the market is changing as things are becoming easily accessible to farmers.
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