Precision AgTech, combined with controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) technologies, allow producers to grow crops indoors by controlling and adjusting the microclimate and providing plants with the necessary nutrients throughout the growth cycle.
Farmers who rely on controlled environment agriculture technologies have credited
it for its resiliency, aiding them in the face of climate change. CEA protects crops from extreme temperatures, drought and flood cycles, as well as from increasing pressure from pests and disease.
Applied indoors, these high-tech farming technologies use 95% less water
and 99% less land than
conventional farming."It appears that the future of agriculture lies in fully-automated, even more precise high-tech indoor farming, driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning, with robots and drones forming an integral part of operations. As a matter of fact, the global agricultural drones market raised $ 1.5 billion in 2022 and is set to achieve a market size of $ 29.9 billion in 2032.", says Max Chizhov
, iFarm’s co-founder. "Research and development will drive the industry forward, ensuring minimal environmental impact and high affordability."
The big challenge for indoor farming is the energy consumption
required to run climate systems and lighting. However, renewable energy sources like solar, geothermal, wind, biomass from plants, and hydropower can be perfect for minimizing the environmental impact. Per the latest 2021 CEA Census Report, 37% of farmers use
renewable energy sources.
Another way to reduce the energy consumption is by applying precise, efficiency-enhancing hardware like iFarm StackGrow
for vertical farms.