Farmers in Pakistan face trouble with crop production because of harsh weather, pests, unplanned seed sowing, irregular irrigation, and unexpected locust infestations. Some of the biggest problems farmers face today are soil erosion, the loss of biodiversity, and the rising demand for higher-quality food from consumers. Most of the time, these problems make farmers feel uncertain about the future and close to settling for less. Hence, farmers need technology like the Internet of Things (IoT) to keep an eye on their farms in real time and focus on making high-quality food.
Farmers who use smart farming are better-informed about important things like water, terrain, sun exposure, plants, and soil types. This gives farmers the freedom to choose how to use the limited resources in their production area in a way that is good for both the environment and their bottom line. It also lets farmers quickly evaluate the quantity and quality of their crops and change their methods of production as needed.
Crop2x gives farmers smart farming tools like satellite images, soil sensors, and weather forecasts to help them learn more about their fields and how to care for them. Farmers can find out how healthy their crops and pastures are using satellite imagery, and pests and diseases can be found sooner than with manual monitoring methods. In both cases, if the farmer had more information, he or she could make plans quickly and precisely to avoid production losses and higher costs. This protects their way of life, lets them keep giving food and other natural goods to the public, and makes better use of the environment.
Soil sensors keep the soil healthy by checking soil moisture. With sensors built into the irrigation system, it is much easier to figure out when to supply water and where to put it. These gauges help people decide how much to water their plants so that they can grow as much as possible while keeping the soil healthy. They also give information about the fertilizer in the soil. This helps farmers figure out when and how much fertilizer to put in the soil.
since 2021, Crop2x has been engaged with Artistic Milliners on their farming programs by putting soil sensors on Artistic Milliners’ Milliner Cotton Initiative farms in Rahim Yar Khan and Milliner Organic farms in Kohlu, Balochistan. The farms of Artistic Milliners had better crop yield because they used fertilizers and water in a controlled way. The crop yield went up by 25%, and farmers were able to cut the costs of pesticides and fertilizers by 34% and 53%, respectively. This helped the crops grow more naturally.
Smart farming is without a doubt one of the most important ways to feed a growing world population with fewer resources. Smart farming boosts production by making better use of natural resources, inputs, and by managing land and the environment better.