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Farmers in Asia embrace agri-tech

by Mareyah Bhatti, Mar 15
1 minute read

Technology is becoming increasingly adopted by farmers, with one farmer in Thailand using a drone to spray pesticide on his crops. Labour shortages and falling tech costs have seen farmers embrace the digital equipment more than ever before.

yellow and black heavy equipment on green field during daytime

So what?

Whilst agri-tech helps to deal with labour shortages, exposure to chemicals and climate change impacts, there are concerns that it could perpetuate labour issues such as job losses, and further social inequity.

Furthermore, the level of agri-tech used by nations ranges from high-tech drones to digital soil testing kits but all require connectivity and a knowledge of how to use the tools.

Whilst this could ease farming for some, it appears to have the potential to drive inequality further for small-scale farmers.

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