Do you want to know more about precision farming in Kenya? Are you a farmer interested in knowing its benefits? Read on to find out.
While there may be negative effects from technological innovations, some information sharing and advancements in technology offer great benefits to society.
In agriculture, for instance, technology is used to improve the efficiency of soil and crops by determining what each needs, resulting in optimum productivity and health.
What is precision farming? As an investor in the agricultural sector in Kenya, you need to know how to increase the productivity of your soil for maximum profitability. Precision farming, also known as site-specific farm management, will help you achieve it.
Why is precision farming in Kenya so important?
Gone are the days when you could tilling on a farm without knowing what it is good for. It is common knowledge that different soils have different composition of nutrients, and thus, better suited for pre-determined crop farming.
To implement precision agriculture in Kenya and achieve the benefits it promises, obtaining knowledge from specific quarters is required. Be cautious of who or from where you find such information.
At every farm related decision-making stage, you should acquire specific knowledge related to what you intend to plant. By so doing, you will achieve better results than when you do it without sufficient information.
Let us consider the Kenyan staple food: If you want to grow maize, you should first seek information regarding the seed variety in the market of Kenya, the type of fertilizers to use, which agrochemicals to apply, amount of water, and how to manage the crop through weeding and other activities.
Knowing these details will help you decide whether you want to proceed with planting or do another crop altogether.
Our great great great grandfathers used to use predictions before planting. Sometimes the results were awesome. However, relying on those assumptions in the current age is suicidal because climatic conditions have changed, weather patterns have shifted, the soil composition (pH levels and nutrient levels) is no longer the same, and many other considerable changes.
These factors should be considered before planting any crop if you want big returns from your farming investment.
What will Kenyan precision farming experts do at your farm?
Now that you know what precision farming is, what does it involve?
There are different technological tools that can be used to provided information on the variables we have seen. Experts will conduct a soil test, analyze its contents in a lab and provide a report.
The amount of water your farm soil holds will also be determined so that advice regarding the sufficiency of rainfall in your geographical location is offered.
With precision farming, you will save on money by using the correct and relevant fertilizers. In addition, you will not have to irrigate your crops unless it is recommended.
Conclusion about precision agriculture in Kenya
For sustainable food production, cost-effective farming, soil conservation & environmental protection, stable food supply, and dependable agriculture, precision agriculture is the route to go.
Kenyan farmers should embrace it and improve the production of food so that we do not have to import what we can produce locally.
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