Precision agriculture (PA) ensures that crops and soil receive exactly what they need for optimum health and productivity through using modern information technology. The goal of PA is to ensure profitability, sustainability and environment protection. PA is also known as satellite agriculture, as-needed farming and site-specific crop management.
Techno Farm Keihanna in Japan is the largest automated vertical farm in the world where the automated cultivation system is capable of producing 30,000 heads of lettuce every day. It has introduced the latest advanced technologies such as an automated cultivation system, water recycling and environmental control technologies and specialized LED lighting customized for vertical farming. As a result, scale of the farm and stability of production have been further increased.
In Bangladesh, precision agriculture has great prospect as our country is vulnerable to natural calamities. By dint of applying latest technological inventions, we can do wonder in agriculture. Investment in PA can benefit the farmers in a developing country like Bangladesh through higher productivity, reduced cost and less vulnerability to natural calamities.