Smart farming is the number one business growth opportunity of the 21st century according to the Global Opportunity Report.

Chaotic weather and shortages of arable land and of water will have a major impact on traditional farming.

The UN predicts food production will need to increase by 70% to cope with a global population of more than 9 billion by 2020.

Potential for smart farming lies in affordable techniques such as drip watering, advanced, pricier hydroponics and even cell phones. All allow farmers to more precisely and effective. They can find the best price for their products and can target water and fertilizer inputs which can improve profits, reduce cost and minimize environmentally damage. Smart urban farming is another chief area of opportunity, particularly vertical growing. Soil monitoring can help battle drought and drones and wireless surveillance can be deployed to more effectively manage and protect crops.

Governments can help educate farmers, but it is small business specialists and the farmers themselves who will put smart farming into practice.

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