Despite the rising popularity of IoT in agriculture, the majority of farms across the world still depend on traditional methods of farming like crop rotation, manual irrigation, water harvesting, and intercropping.
Apart from low yields and low-quality produce, the conventional farming processes also affect the productivity of the farmers in an agribusiness. The centuries-old techniques don’t usually factor in environmental considerations, which affect the ecology of the local farmland and create a ripple effect in the economy in the respective country.
The modern farming environment is highly dynamic and has enormous complexities that can’t be overcome with archaic methods.
The introduction of IoT in agriculture has largely been appreciated, but it hasn’t gone without problems. The adoption of smart IoT technologies is still a challenge for most farmers and agritech businesses.
Like any other industry—the application of IoT in the farming world faces the usual issues of scalability, self-configuration, interoperability, software complexity, data storage, and security.
The biggest obstacles that IoT faces in the agricultural space are lack of awareness about IoT’s benefits, high cost of adoption, and data security threats.