“The Future of Agriculture is not in a few years, Its now”-Tofunmi Ijila
As we know, the future of Agriculture is not in cutlass and hoes, it is in the use of Technology and science to get maximum yield and to do get work done. Whether it is in processing or in production.
Advances in science and technology are keeping farmers and agriculture professionals on top of their game, and by 2020 there will be even higher demand for skilled individuals in agriculture than there is today. Here are our predicted top five careers in agriculture in 2020.
- Drone Technologists(DT)
A DT will Show farmers how to increase yields and reduce crop damage using sensors, robotics and images from the air.
Similarly, we we have the Crop Scout. A crop scout inspects farmers’ fields and records weed, insect, disease and other observations. This is an important role to help farmers make timely, informed and economical field crop decisions. A crop scout must walk the fields of customers often in order to look for potential pests and situations that impact yields and then make recommendations to the producer based on those findings.
- Aerial Applicator / Agricultural Pilot
Agricultural pilots fly small planes at low altitudes in order to apply pesticides, fertilizers or fungicides on fields. It is an efficient way to spread these applications as it reduces the number of times a farmer has to drive over the field, reducing soil compaction. Agricultural pilots must be able to mix and add chemicals for application, maintain their airplane and equipment, and keep records of applications to report back to the grower.
These people protect the environment and promote sustainability while helping supply the world with clean, safe water. A hydrologist is a scientist who researches the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of the earth’s underground and surface waters. They help environmental Scientists and other scientists preserve and clean up the environment, as well as search for groundwater. This is one of many green jobs, as well as a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career.
- Agriculture Communicators
“Agrocommunicators” Share the story of agriculture and engage the public to better understand it. The industry needs to advocate now more than ever.The Agro-media will be such a big deal and communicators will have their duties to perform. Therefore if you want to pursue a degree or already have a degree in communication, The Agro-space is such a beautiful field to look into. For Example, What Agropreneur Nigeria is doing in educating the public and creating Agric centered content as well as Miss Yewande Kazeem of Wandiemedia
- Food Scientists
Food Scientists Improve food products and create new ones using scientific principles that help maintain a wholesome food supply.In the future of Agriculture which is now, food scientists will help in evaluating the nutritional value, color, flavor and texture of food as well as the following:
- testing food samples for particular types of moulds, yeast and bacteria that may be harmful
- ensuring that food manufacturing processes conform with government, processing, consumer and industry standards
- exploring alternative manufacturing methods
- producing new food products
- working closely with other food production staff including microbiologists, engineers, packaging specialists and buyers
- establishing low-cost wholesale food production methods
- investigating and setting standards for safety and quality
The Employers of food scientists include food manufacturing and retail companies, universities, government organisations and specialist research associations. It’s safe to say that they are highly needed in Agriculture.
- Precision Agriculture Technologists
They will teach farmers how to work better, not harder, by using new technologies that increase crop yields and decrease inputs.
Briefly explaining precision farming, Precision agriculture (PA), satellite farming or site specific crop management (SSCM) is a farming management concept based on observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops. The goal of precision agriculture research is to define a decision support system (DSS) for whole farm management with the goal of optimizing returns on inputs while preserving resources.
Erika Osmundson, director of marketing and communications for AgCareers.com, says while many people perceive agriculture as “old fashioned,” advancements in the use of technology have created crucial, innovative solutions in many aspects of agriculture.
“The increasing demand for agriculture to grow more food with less leads to significant opportunities in science and research to help us meet this demand while preserving our natural resources,” she says.
Also in high demand are research scientists, agronomists, veterinarians, salespeople, finance experts, information technologists, electricians and mechanics – just to name a few.
Articficial Intelligence(AI) will play a major role in the future of Agriculture and everyone who wants to be a key player especially on a global scale will have to be ready to learn, Unlearn and Re-learn.
A friend always says to me that “Everyone should be a student learning continuously irrespective of how much you have learnt or currently know. The ignorant person of this century will be he who isn’t able to let go of fading knowledge to gain what will be useful or most important per time”.
Don’t allow life happen to you suddenly especially in the coming years. Learn and prepare your mind even if you have been practicing for years.
These Jobs may seem new especially for those of us in third world countries but don’t be discouraged. Get that knowledge and let’s all grow in this field and sector together.