How IoT Can Improve Agricultural Businesses in South Africa
Agriculture plays a vital role in economic development and contributes significantly to food security. Maize is the primary food for 80% of South Africa’s population and is currently experiencing high demand. In addition to this, there are various challenges that affect South Africa’s agriculture sector.
The global population rises rapidly every year. To feed a massive population, the agriculture industry will have to adopt futuristic agricultural practices that leverage IoT technology. Not only will IoT in agriculture help us meet the demand for more food, but it’ll get rid of traditional, poor farming practices.
“The world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050—causing global agricultural production to rise by 69% between 2010 and 2050. To meet this demand, farmers and agricultural companies should turn to IoT solutions for improved productivity” — Business Insider
How IoT Can Help South Africa’s Agricultural Businesses
1.Offers Effective Response to Changing Climate Conditions
Climate plays a vital role in agriculture. Having improper knowledge about climate affects the quality and quantity of crop production. Agricultural practices in South Africa are currently threatened by climate change. By using IoT solutions that incorporate sensors and prediction systems, you can quickly respond to significant weather changes in real-time.
2.Improves Precision Farming
A major challenge for most farmers is having to grow more crops when soil quality is poor. IoT-enabled agriculture leads to precision farming that allows you to monitor your crops and all the other conditions in real-time.
3.Creates Smart Greenhouses
Typically, you’d control your greenhouse environment manually. IoT sensors can help you streamline this process. They can help you get accurate, real-time information on greenhouse conditions such as lighting, temperature, and soil condition. Adopting IoT in Greenhouses makes your processes cost-effective and accurate.
4. Improves Crop management
You’d usually find it hard to monitor your crop growth or prevent diseases that could affect your crops. With IoT solutions, you can place sensors in the field or use drones for crop monitoring and to collect data such as overall crop health. IoT solutions can further introduce automation for various tasks like irrigation and robot harvesting.
5. Improves Livestock Monitoring and Management
Monitoring livestock health can be a challenge. However, there are IoT sensors that you can attach to livestock to monitor their health. Livestock tracking and monitoring can also help you track your livestock’s physical locations.
6. Offers Advanced Data Analytics Capabilities
The conventional ways of capturing data can be tiring and ineffective. IoT uses sensors as the primary source for collecting data on large scales. This data is analyzed and transformed into meaningful information that can help drive business growth.
With today’s technological advancements, you can easily adopt smart agricultural practices that can optimize your farming practices. Not only can IoT solutions help you be more profitable, but they can help you adopt sustainable farming practices.
Winjit’s smart, secure, and scalable IoT platform – IoTSense – can help you improve every aspect of your agricultural practices – from livestock to crop farming. To find out more, please contact us today.