Precision Agriculture Could be Smallholders’ Game Changer
Precision agriculture (PA) as defined by the International Society of Precision Agriculture refers to “a management strategy that gathers, processes and analyses temporal, spatial and individual data and combines it with other information to support management decisions according to estimated variability for improved resource use efficiency, productivity, quality, profitability and sustainability of agricultural production.”
Smallholders’ crop farming of Bangladesh has been struggling with farm management strategy, where resource use efficiency, productivity, profitability, and sustainability are the key on-farm constraints. In addition, crop farming is also challenged by various factors related to off-farm value addition and commercialisation. However, dealing with ‘on-farm constraints’ could be the low hanging fruit for smallholders because crop farming has been undergoing transformation towards ‘sustainability, safety and profitability’.