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Future tense: AR a critical change catalyst to help us improve food security
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Future tense: AR a critical change catalyst to help us improve food security 

In a world of limited resources, rising concerns about sustainability is a matter of serious urgency. Last year, scientists in China developed several types of rice that can be grown in seawater, potentially creating enough food for 200 million people.

Over the past years, researchers have been trying to grow the grain in salty water for decades but have only now developed varieties that could be commercially viable. The rice was grown in a field near the Yellow Sea coastal city of Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province. Different types of the grain were planted to investigate which would grow best in salty conditions.

Back home, agriculture remains an important part of the nation’s economy in the new millennium for a growing populace with the challenge to provide both food security and food safety (FSFS), as well as sustainable development and wealth creation.

Switching from conventional farming to high technology farming is important to meet food supply needs in line with the increase in the country’s population. Food production must be increased to assure self-sufficiency for the coming generations.

The need for more food produced more efficiently—coupled with escalating demands that food need to be produced more sustainably—is driving the development of new technologies aimed at intensifying the efficiency of farms and farming.

Some of these farming innovations involve bringing new data-driven insights to improve operations, reduce waste and losses. Others involve adopting new technologies—drones and robotics, sensors and monitors, augmented reality software, as well as focusing on increasing overall agricultural productivity.

Potential solutions to improve productivity – the drivers

A number of compelling demographic, economic and social factors are driving the innovation of several technological solutions to modernise farming tools, methods and technology. One emerging technology to power the transformation is the use of Augmented Reality (AR).

Augmented reality (AR)

Augmented reality (AR)—goggles or glasses that superimpose an overlay of explanatory data on what the viewer actually sees in real-time will also play an increasingly significant role in farm operations in coming years, both as information platforms and training tools. As monitoring becomes more prevalent on farms, AR will provide an ideal platform for delivering data collected on individual plants, animals, and farm operations.

When looking at an individual corn, wheat plant or a cattle with AR goggles, the farmer has his vision augmented with a display of detailed information about the plant or livestock: the plant’s height and health, the soil’s water saturation and irrigation schedule, the animal’s registration number and information on its health status and diet—almost any fact about that plant or animal that has been digitally recorded.

So while looking at each animal or plant, the farmer will be able to visualise key metrics and apply the knowledge immediately. In this way, AR will deliver actionable insights derived from Big Data precisely at the moment when the specific plant or animal in question is in front of the farmer.

In a recent article published by MIGHT, below are three key takeaways to help restructure the farming industry’s forward directions:

  1. It is mutually beneficial for the government and agriculture entrepreneurs to adopt new technologies in order to boost productivity.
  2. Environmental damage will stunt the growth of some food. This calls for a new approach to revitalise harvesting techniques and methods that can bring about better productivity.
  3. The government and agriculture entrepreneurs need to pour resources into building the systems needed to crunch big data and algorithms to improve produce yields.

To learn more about the topic, you can read the original article here.

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