The Internet of Things is currently used in different industries, and agriculture industry is no exception. Farmers across the world are implementing IoT in various aspects of agriculture to streamline their work and enhance productivity.
According to Inmarsat, a UK-based mobile satellite communication company – “IoT has significantly enhanced food production monitoring, hygiene, and sustainability to meet stringent requirements of the modern world.”
The report states that the IoT is rapidly increasing the globalization of food supply by enabling developing nations to export their agricultural goods to the countries from where these regulations originate from. Amongst all the IoT applications deployed for the agriculture industry, 52% are designed for production monitoring and management requirements.
IoT sensors help the importers to track the production chain, ensuring that the supplier meets all the standards and never breached.
According to Paul Gudonis, President of Inmarsat Enterprise: “Consumers are becoming more conscious of where their food is coming from and how this is impacting their environment and carbon footprint, while also developing a taste for organic and ethically sourced produce.
Basically IoT works as a driving force to optimize every manufacturing step and ensure maximum productivity. With the help of IoT sensors, farmers can accurately monitor their crops and optimize the available resources to the fullest. As the world is becoming more health conscious, farmers must cultivate and harvest their crops in such a way that it fulfills the current health and safety regulations. And with the help of the IoT, farmers are doing it much better than ever!
Besides that, it also strengthens the bond between the exporter and the importer assuring maximum benefits to both parties. Importers can even keep track of the imported goods until it reaches the border, while the exporters can monitor their products until it reaches to the customers.
As the governmental bodies of different countries are reinforcing the safety protocols of food supplies, exporters must consider hygiene, quality, and sustainability as major agricultural agenda. This, in turn, has created an elaborated framework of regulation and standards, most of which present challenges to agritech industry. But if agritech manufacturers are willing to implement IoT technology, all of this can be done without any hiccups.