The optimal use of water through irrigation has always been inextricably linked to the evolution of agriculture and successful farming. But efficiently managing natural water resources alongside a standard cost-benefit analysis for technology and infrastructure overheads is a delicate balancing act.
The importance of reducing water consumption is paramount, especially as agriculture is estimated to account for over 70% of global water use. With food demands only rising, water use is expected to increase an additional 15% to meet this demand.
Technology companies, along with growers, have risen to the challenge of solving this complex issue through precision farming methods and visibility tools. One area of technology that is making strides towards increasing water efficiency in the field as well as in the greenhouse is artificial intelligence (AI).