Newly developed technologies and processes related to Agribusiness
A research by an American Institute, The National Defense University Washington, reported that during the last 20 years, the technologies used by the agribusiness industry had drastic improvements. The newly arrived techniques of growing genetic plants and various researches on animal health and hybrid not only improved the quality of harvest but also increased the yield. In addition to these technologies, information system and precision management techniques are contributing to increased yield along with reduced inputs and environmental pollution. Global researches are now heavily focused towards developing the concept of Precision Agriculture and Farming. In the report of the National Defense University of Washington, the concept is described as “Agricultural inputs such as seed, fertilizers, water, pesticides, and herbicides should be applied at variable rates rather than uniformly as historically practiced. Precise variable application of inputs will maximize yield and/or economic returns while minimizing detrimental affects on environmental resources and the ecology”. Technologies that are providing improvement in agriculture globally include Global Positioning System (GPS), Remote Sensing, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Variable Rate Distribution (VRD). Sustainability in agricultural growth globally is highly helped by new processes and technologies such as Disease Resistant Crops, GPS Controlled Plows, Computer Controlled Drip Irrigation Over Vast Acreage, Cavernous Cold Storage of Fresh Cut Vegetables etc.
Original Writing Date: October 15, 2008