News: A session on “Sensors and Sensing for Precision Agriculture” was organised by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR-IARI).
- Precision Agriculture: It is an approach where inputs are utilised in precise amounts to get increased average yields compared to traditional cultivation techniques.
- How does it work? It uses information and technology tools to identify analyse and manage variability in fields by conducting crop production practices at the right place and time and in the right way for optimum profitability, sustainability and protection of the land resour
- Why Precision Agriculture?
- To increase agriculture productivity
- Prevents soil degradation
- Reduction of chemical application in crop production
- Efficient use of water resources
- Dissemination of modern farm practices to improve quality, quantity and reduced cost of production
- It changes the socio-economic status of farmers.
- Drawbacks of precision Agriculture:
- High cost
- Lack of technical expertise knowledge and technology
- Not applicable or difficult/costly for small land holdings
- Heterogeneity of cropping systems and market imperfections