Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture: A Disruptive Technology Which Holds the Future of Food Supply

AI in Agriculture

This is the second installment in our blog series that explores the growing prominence of artificial intelligence in some of the more important sectors of our economy. Read about the rise of AI in the modern context, here.

With the enormous growth in the world population, the farmers are switching to smarter techniques that can aid in regulating the proper use of land, water, and energy to feed the planet and evade the global food crisis. Researchers at Technavio believe that the answer lies in sensors, robots and artificial intelligence (AI). The AI technology has been successfully adopted by several industries, and now it is set to revolutionize the future of farming with drones, robots and intelligent monitoring systems.

Why is artificial intelligence advantageous for farmers?

In the recent times, with requirements of the better yield of crops, AI has emerged as a tool that empowers farmers in monitoring, forecasting, as well as optimizing the crop growth. Tackling pests, weeds, and diseases, monitoring farm animal along with soil and crop management are some of the thrust areas in agriculture industry where the use of AI technology can pay rich dividends. At present AI is being used in:

Crop and soil management

AI in crop and soil management encompasses the traditional methods of a farmer surveying and testing the quality of soil to plant seeds and thereafter manually carrying out plantation and breeding processes. With the development of AI technology, it is easier to keep a track and predict the right time for planting, irrigation, and harvesting.  The advanced sensors and technologies, makes the entire task of crop and soil management uncomplicated for the farmers.

Animal husbandry

Animal husbandry is an integral branch of agriculture concerned with the care and management of the livestock. It deals with all the tools and technologies involved in managing and ensuring optimum health of farm animals, including genetic qualities and behavior. Generating and leveraging useful information through AI will help farmers to manage their livestock efficiently with minimum supervision.

The automated milking booth is a section of animal husbandry which has an increasing application of artificial intelligence system.  With AI enabled smart sensors, the automated milking units can analyze the milk quality and flag for abnormalities in the product.


Scaling up of farm operations to match the exponential increase in consumption will drive the need for automation technologies in the farms. As the farmers are automating their operation, robots and drones have become an integral part of the agriculture farms and are assisting farmland owners to improve the yield and product quality while addressing the increasing supply needs. AI has become the backbone of robotics, as it enables a machine to use language processing and deep learning capabilities to take cognitive decisions.

Technavio solutions: Paving the way to success

Artificial intelligence is the future of the agriculture, but unfortunately, it also has some challenges on its back. This is why the new and existing players in the global AI technology market will need the customary assurances before taking the leap into the agricultural sector.

Technavio market insights help organizations understand several applications of AI technology in the agriculture industry. Along with this, the report also provides in-depth analysis on various significant aspects including market drivers, trends, challenges and competitive landscape.

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