India, with the help of technology, the second largest producer of major staples, is growing smartly and exponentially. Now, with the recently launched 5G technology, it can reinvent, reform, and reshape agriculture. The use of 5G technology in agriculture will bring revolutionary changes in countries like India. Speaking of which, I shall remind you of the growing food demand along with the growing population.
According to Qualcomm, “5G is a dominant, less latent, high speed, and superior reliability network that will change the agricultural industry forever”. Furthermore, 5G will increase the efficiency of the labour force that is involved in farming. As we all know, agricultural technology has only failed at times due to a lack of connectivity, data speeds, and data synchronization speeds. But, with 5G technology, we will be able to fill up all the lags in agriculture.
Henceforth, in this blog, we will discuss the role of 5G technology in agriculture. In addition to this, we will discuss the top five 5G technologies in agriculture that will transform it in major ways. Discussing further, we will go on to the vastness and future of agriculture with 5G. So let’s dive in.
What is 5G technology, and how can it improvise farming?
Qualcomm says, “5G is a unified, more capable interface designed to provide data transfer superiority in open space”. With 5G technology, you will get insights and data. Based on it, computing devices calculate the data, and therefore, you get real-time processed information or forecasts about agriculture and weather. Thus, helping you attain quick visibility about the requirements and needs of farming land.
Impact of 5G technology: Improvising agriculture
Furthermore, 5G technology in agriculture will allow you to know the unknown constraints. This will help you have more control over the farmlands, and hence crop productivity and security can be increased. This will give farmers the basic needs of the hour, i.e. control the efficiency of food being produced for the rising population. In this respect, we have brought the top five 5G technologies in agriculture into focus to discuss the concern.
1. Technically precise farming (Smart technology in agriculture)
Smart farming using 5G technology in agriculture uses autonomous robots, sensors, etc. to study the behavioural analysis of crops and their water and mineral requirements. Furthermore, sensors measure the nutrient status of crops. This makes the farmer aware of the exact requirements for his farmland. Thus, motivating farmers towards precision farming. Thus by bringing fast and reliable 5G technology into agriculture smart technology in agriculture can evolve.
2. Drones endorsed farming
Remote sensing of drones can bridge the gap between a farmer and his farmland. The quick data transfer of 5G technology in agriculture allows farmers to use drones to monitor, observe and operate autonomous missions in the farmlands. Drones are primarily synchronized with satellites, and hence soil mapping, fertility, health, and nutrients in the crops via sensors.
Furthermore, 5G technology in agriculture can help drones detect pests, diseases and weeds and apply pesticides in just the apt areas. Thus, this agriculture and technology stop crop poisoning. In addition to this, 20 per cent of global CO2 emissions take place due to bad agriculture practices. Practicing drones endorsed farming will significantly reduce CO2 emissions
3. Autonomous agricultural tractors
5G technology in agriculture will further induce the research, development and, finally, the production of autonomous farm tractors. In addition to this, a 5G-enabled device, if incorporated into the tractor, will provide real-time information and act according to using AI-based CNCs (Computer Controlled Machines).
For example, agriculture and information technology can help by remotely controlling the depth of soil penetration and distance between seed rows and adjusting the tractor’s speed as per requirements. Furthermore, 5G technology in farming will drive the world’s attention towards driverless tractors to lessen labour costs.
4. Semi-auto livestock farming
Talking about a country like India has 300+ Million cattle and is the largest consuming dairy products consuming country in the world. However, the dairy milk yield per cattle is very low compared to other developed countries like Israel. Technology and farming can help reduce the productivity of cattle. Furthermore, the 5G enabled sensor-based devices in the apt body parts of the cattle measure their health. Thus, 5G technology in agriculture makes livestock farming easier, disease-free and productive.
5. Semi-auto Aquaculture
Aquafarming feeds major parts of the earth through its meats and saves lives through medicines. Using 5G technology in agriculture, aquaculture can be semi-automated through processes like the pH value of water, dissolved oxygen in water, temperature, algae presence, kind and occupied area, etc.
The vastness and future of farming with 5G
5G technology in agriculture has opened previously closed doors. The global food demand is growing at a fast pace, but the planet has limited fertile land. In such scenarios, environmentalists, experts, and scientists suggest the same, i.e. sustainable farming with the help of 5G technology. Since this advanced technology for agriculture has paved the way for many other revolutionary technologies that were dormant just because of data speeds, like IoT, autonomous robots, AI, cloud computing, etc.
Henceforth, agriculture and tech will potentially fill the planet’s growing food demand through real-time data processing, information forecasts, and precision farming. This shall happen not only in India but everywhere else in the world. According to experts, global food production should increase by 70% to feed every human on the planet. And we all know how this can be obtained by 5G technology in agriculture.
With the growing urban population and loss of fertile lands, modern farming techniques are the next-born solutions to the problem. Speaking of which, 5G technology in agriculture shall bring revolutionary changes, as discussed above. In fact, 5G technology is the only way by which growing urban and even rural food demand can be fulfilled.
Some final comments
This blog discussed the role of 5G technology in agriculture. In addition to this, we discussed the top five 5G technologies in agriculture that will transform it in major ways. However, countries like India will slowly evolve and adapt to the tech revolution. In such scenarios, the awareness of agriculture and technology development for farmers is of utmost importance. In this regard, both the state and centre governments should launch subsidized and viable economic reforms needed at the moment. What are your thoughts on this?