Postharvest Handling with Modern Tech

Postharvest Handling with Modern Tech

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Monday, January 14, 2019

Starting from self-driven automobiles to IoT-enabled robots, technology has been proving how beneficial it is to improve the way of living. Though on one side these advancements are paving the way for a better living, several societal issues still exist, with the need for technology’s interruption to solve them. The reason for 40 percent food wastage particularly in the U.S. is still a mystery to be solved.

Food wastage starts at the consumer level.  In the consumer level, an individual buys products more than what is required. As a result, they will throw away once they consume what is filling. Almost half of the food wastage everywhere is from this level of users.

The other half is due to the fresh food supply chain that exists between the processor and the retailer. With a multitude of technological ways, steps can be taken to reduce the wastage of food. The use of technology, particularly IoT, is very less in post-agriculture practices. In pre-harvest agriculture, there are technological aids like drones. But, while talking about post-harvest agriculture, the interference of technology is very less compared to the pre-harvest agriculture.

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In order to change the scenario in post-harvest agriculture, IoT sensor technology that has cloud analytic platform can be used. It has the power to transform fresh food chain thereby supporting decision-making strategies. It helps the interference of technology in each step of post-harvest agriculture. With the help of IoT and cloud analytics, individuals can reduce the impacts on food wastage all over the world. IoT and AI have paved the way for smart agriculture by improving the agricultural works. For example, self-driving tractors have eased the work of the farmers which lead them to concentrate on crop production.

Using IoT technologies, the temperature and humidity fluctuations can be predicted. When the accuracy increases, essential data will be taken from a farmer’s end to save the crops during rough weather. Sensors available in the market help the farmer to monitor the crops during transportation. Availability of sensors in the agricultural field helps the farmer to gain full details starting from the crop planting until harvesting. By having such handful solutions for pre-agricultural practices, IoT and AI have made agricultural practices easier.

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