Agriculture, the backbone of our country, has adopted technology quite graciously and has yielded various benefits out of it. The agriculture sector has always been one of the most secure ways of raising revenue for a country. And, with the help of technology, the contribution of this industry to the economy is always predicted to go only upwards. But we tend to overlook the darker side sometimes. Let us delve into both the aspects and see whether agriculture is headed in a right direction with technology or the drawbacks outweigh its positive sides.
Advantages of technology for agriculture sector
Technology helps the farmers to predict the effective application of fertilizers and pesticides especially when it comes to determining the suitable fertilizer. Also, when to apply that fertilizer and how much it should be used, everything is taken care of by dint of technology. Technology also gives you the opportunity to sense the feeling of plants and subsequently help them abate the chances of surface runoff or leaching.
Technology facilitates the farmer:
Technology allows us to use various high tech machines that ease the farmers’ work. It leads to less intense physical work that was done by people indulged in the agriculture industry earlier. Therefore, by dint of the advanced machines, we can use the effort of farmers and their productivity in other work.
During harsh weather
By adopting technology in the agricultural sector, farmers can switch their sowing methods from manual to mechanical which can result in an adequate amount of crops to meet the needs of today’s population. Sometimes during challenging weathers, producing the required amount of crops gets difficult for the farmers if he only relies on manual methods. But with technology in our hands, we can supply enough maneuver and water according to the requirements of crops and get desired outcomes that can meet the needs.
Disadvantages of technology in agriculture sector
Reduced soil fertility.
To increase the crop production, lots of fertilizers and chemicals are fed to the crops that leads to damaged and infertile soil. While technology helps us to produce the required amount of food, repetitive usage of these chemical substances harms the natural capability of growing food.
Technology as a pollutant
The technological devices that claim to be a boon for the agricultural industry are known to produce pollutants in our environment which are extremely devastating for the climate. For example, the overuse of vehicles such as tractors, trucks, and many other massive machines emit harmful gases and carbon dioxide that are not environment friendly. This environment is not only unsuitable for humans but for all other living organisms on earth.
The technological equipment that are needed in the agriculture industry need maintenance that cost a lot to a farmer. For Small businesses and farmers, it gets really difficult to manage these recurring maintenance costs.
Not enough education
How to utilize the technology in the agriculture arena should be well taught to the farmers so that they can make good use of it. It has been seen that farmers do not have adequate education about the advanced agricultural methods and end up wasting their time and money on technological devices.
Lack of enough knowledge about modern technology makes them stick to the traditional methods only. Unless they are given proper education about the usage of modern technological devices and machines, they cannot yield the blessing of technology in the agricultural industry.
With the help of technology, farmers are now able to produce the crops in abundance. The chemicals and fertilizers that are used to grow crops quickly are so famous and readily available now that every farmer uses it. Sadly, these chemicals are putting a strain on the health of humans and animals. Many diseases have been known to be the result of intake of the poisonous plants that we eat on our daily basis.
On the one hand, these technological advancements in the agriculture field are promising some revolutionary changes that would bring various benefits to the world. On the other side, the drawbacks of the advanced methods used in agriculture are ready to grab the human’s attention in the coming future. The bottom line is, the real meaning of technology is yet to be discovered.