With drones, robots and intelligent monitoring systems now successfully being used in research and field trials, artificial intelligence, or machine learning, is set to revolutionise the future of farming as the next phase of ‘ultra-precision’ agriculture is on the horizon.
But why is all this talk about AI necessary?..
According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the global population is set to reach 9.2 billion by the year 2050. This means that the global agriculture sector is under more strain than ever with 2 billion more mouths to feed within the next 33 years! With available acreage estimated at just an additional 4%, it seems it is no longer an option to simply plant more crop fields or breed more cattle. What is needed, therefore, is a greater efficiency within current farming methods as farmers will be required to ‘do more with less’.
With experts predicting that artificial intelligence will provide the answer, we take a look at the ways AI is shaping the farms of the future…
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