Agri-tech is the use of technology for farming that is developed to improve efficiency and profitability. While most commonly used in horticulture and agriculture, agri-tech is also found in forestry, aquaculture and viticulture.
Agri-tech aims to improve farming through information monitoring and analysis of weather, pests, soil and air temperature. Agri-tech also includes the use of automation, such as controlling heaters and irrigation and employing pest control through aerosol pheromone dispersal.
Technologies and applications in agri-tech include:
- satellite photography and sensors
- IoT-based sensor networks
- phase tracking
- weather forecasts
- automated irrigation
- light and heat control
- intelligent software analysis for pest and disease prediction, soil management and other involved analytical tasks
Biotech is another type of agri-tech. For example, agri-tech company Azotic replaces nitrogen fertilizers with nitrogen-fixing bacteria as a more environmentally-friendly solution.