The government realizes the need to bring about major changes into agriculture and incorporating the benefits of digital revolution for better results. Here’s an aggregation of some of the suggestions on smart farming.
WATER RECYCLING AND CONNECTING RIVERS
Citizens are now increasingly aware of the benefits of recycling and reusing resources. To conserve water, waste water can be recycled to used for drip irrigation and filling up open ponds to increase groundwater levels. Farmers could then use open wells instead ofbore well pumps.
Farmers end up at the mercy of money lenders who charge a high interest, and when their farm doesn’t produce because of droughts or floods, they are in trouble. To combat this need, an agricultural banking unit is necessary for farmers to get loans and an assured system of savings and money transfer.
EXTENSIVE USE OF RENEWABLE RESOURCES
To promote a sustainable, eco-friendly, pollution free environment farmers could use solar power technology. Solar powered ploughing robots, robotic lawn mowers and weed removers, automated sprinklers, solar lights can be used. Developing affordable warehouses that run on solar power in every house to preserve farm produce is suggested. Ethanol based fuel for all farming purposes, which could decrease the burden of fuel imports. Ditching chemical laden fertilizers and instead using ‘biochemical bio-actives yields 35% to 60% better produce.
Segregation of waste is important so that biodegradable waste from households can be collected to produce bio fertilizers. It hits two birds with one stone- solves the problem of waste management, while also fertilising farm lands. Converting roof tops of buildings and houses in cities into small farms to grow organic vegetables. Unused patches of land between buildings can be converted to urban farms.
APPS AND GADGETS TO ENABLE BETTER FARMING
Apps and the internet can digitally revolutionise farming. App for testing Ph levels, along with informational apps about seeds and a database of bio-manure. The idea about direct to Farm communication could be used to bring together all technological facilities such as radio (DD Kisan), farming apps and bank-related information to one place.
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~Anamika Mazumdar, 3rd Year, B.V.Sc. & A.H., College of Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara, Guwahati, Assam-781022, India. Email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org,Cell: +91-7578870121.