Sustainable agriculture has been on the lips of policymakers in recent decades. The urgency to enhance food production to satisfy the ever-growing population has led to innovative engineering feats. Coupled with the fast-changing weather patterns, these innovations have come in handy both to the farmers and the consumers. This blog looks at some of the groundbreaking innovations.
Maintaining soil structure and fertility is essential to achieving sustainable agriculture. With the continuous use of fertilisers, the soil of the world is losing its fertility fast resulting in low production. Soil compaction has enabled farmers to maintain soil structure by reducing erosion and loss of minerals essential to plant growth.
Farming is an energy-intensive undertaking. The use of energy-efficient mechanisms to power farm activities has grown in leaps and bounds. For instance, the use of solar energy to draw water and irrigate crops reduces cost and enhances higher productivity. Moreover, food production takes place across all seasons, hence, reducing dependence on rain-fed agriculture.
Post-Harvest Handling Machinery
To reduce the loss of produce after harvest, agricultural engineers have devised innovative ways of preserving farm produce for storage. For instance, the use of cereal driers enables farmers to reduce moisture content in their harvest. Moreover, technology has played a significant role in providing sensors which aid in monitoring all the processes that take place from harvesting to storage. By doing this, farmers can preserve grains for future consumption and marketing.
Plant Protection Machinery
Due to the advancement in technology, manufacturers are finding challenges in innovating modern spraying machines. However, spraying devices that are high tech are used in farms since they minimise wastage of farm solutions. Besides, farm operators find it comfortable and convenient to operate agricultural machines. Hence, plants get total protection from any form of pest and diseases.