Future farms without farmers

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Science Robotics  13 Feb 2019:
Vol. 4, Issue 27, eaaw1875
DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aaw1875

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  • RE: Future Farms without Farmers

    The article nicely describes the various strategies to be adopted to enhance farm productivity due to increase in global population, availability of land and water for agricultural use due to changes in climate pattern all over the globe. Though there is availability of instruments for farm operations due to lower costs, still the farm availability will be a big challenge due to population pressure coupled with global climate change. The article vividly describes the various advanced technologies such as sensors, robots, satellites, drones and other Internet of Things (IOT) devices for efficient farm operations. The article articulates on the big data technology for collecting large amounts of data of farm operations which can be effectively utilized for policy decisions. One more good thing about usage and application of these instruments is that personalized attention can be given for the infected area of fields or fertilizer application in affected areas. An interesting point made by the authors is that in the future, farmers need not to stay near their fields to monitor their fields. Farmers can still stay in a remote place and monitor their fields. Data on all aspects of their fields, say big data, can be obtained since farms are all connected by devices. An important point to note is that in future, farmers will not be mere farmers but they all will be experts in programming, data science, and robot algorithms. The day is very far off, efforts are being undertaken...

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