May 07, 2018

08/05/2018: Global food industry needs “da Vinci” type creativity

by Raghavan ‘Ragha’ Sampathkumar

Raghavan Sampathkumar
Every year the UN celebrates World Creativity and Innovation day for six days from the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci (21 April), one of the most intellectually brilliant and creative humans who’s lived on planet earth.

He was an embodiment of creativity, vision, and extra-ordinarily innovative ideas and concepts that were way ahead of his time. History remembers him as a profound and versatile personality whose works inspired the whole world and paved way for numerous inventions and discoveries across multiple domains such as physics, biology, architecture, engineering, medicine, astronomy, and of course, fine arts.

We must appreciate that our generation is facing some extreme and unique challenges that none of our previous generations would not even have imagined in their wildest dreams. Hence solutions to those problems must come from out-of-the-box thinking. Every industry needs fresh and innovative ideas from outside its ecosystem. Also, sectoral boundaries would soon vanish sooner than we imagine. For example, a decade ago, who would have thought the next big wave for IT (Information Technology) sector would come from agriculture?

Today, agriculture is witnessing an unprecedented level of technological transformation and investments worth billions of dollars are pouring in. With emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) concept, mobile phones, and cloud-based applications, global agribusiness industry is getting swept by a “tech tsunami”.

Every day, newer and innovative applications are opening up and pushing the bar higher in terms of efficiency. For example, connected wearable devices on animals provide real-time data to monitor body temperature, vital signs, feed intake, stress or disease symptoms. All these not only to lead to enhanced productivity but also contribute to improved animal welfare as well. Similarly, soil-planted sensors help farmers measure moisture and nutrient levels in real-time to cut down unnecessary irrigation and fertiliser application. These applications not only lead to huge cost savings but contribute to environmental sustainability also.

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