#DitchTheDesk: What is Agri-Tech?

Do you dream of breaking free from the ordinary and embracing a wilder side?

#DitchtheDesk is here to show you the vast array of roles within the food supply chain!

What if YOU could be the one to change the face of agriculture, applying 21st century technologies to reach the production and environmental targets of tomorrow? The agri-tech sector is just the place to start.

What is Agri-Tech?

Agri-tech, agricultural technology or agrotechnology, describes the use of technology within the farming process. Implementing innovations within the sector have allowed for the rise in agricultural intensification, boosting productivity and efficiency whilst working towards sustainability targets.

This has come off the back of advances like precision agriculture, and as the world comes to terms with the uses of artificial intelligence there can be no doubt that this will be applied within the food industry too.

The Importance

  • Food Supply: The world needs to produce 60% more food than current levels to feed the predicted 2050 population.
  • Environment impact and resource usage: the use of technology allows for greater water conservation, lowered chemical use and a reduced risk of soil erosion through the ability to be more specific with the tools and treatments available.
  • Economy: Increasing yields usually means greater financial return. Implementing computer-based equipment can also help in this way be reducing production costs.
  • Data and analytics: Increased climate pressures means that farmers need ever greater access to tools for forecasting and allow them to make more-informed decisions, such as which crop to plant, as early as possible.

The Skills Required

  • Communication: Projects can bring together individuals from all over the industry, it is necessary to understand the different points of view to bring about a better result.
  • Agricultural knowledge: Keeping ahead of the curb and knowing the industry’s wants and needs to ensure a desirable and useful service.
  • IT: Having a solid grasp of programming and software is key to creating and developing a cutting-edge product.
  • Engineering: Designing the system to deliver the product within the customer’s specification.