Botswana: New farming technologies can improve production

Farmers have been urged to adopt the precision agriculture method to improve yields and use new emerging technologies to ensure food security in a changing climate.

Speaking during a Climate Smart Agriculture seminar, on the sidelines of the Science Week, at the Goodhope Kgotla, recently, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) Lecturer, Dr Kenneth Mapoka said it was imperative for farmers to be educated on the uses of technology to address climate change challenges.

He said precision agriculture involved using research about weather patterns, soil temperature, moisture, growth, and other factors.

Dr Mapoka said the use of global positioning systems (GPS) sensors, drones and monitors for irrigation, were the emerging technologies that had proven to improve the quality of crop production and were utilised in developed countries.

He said the next generation of Botswana farmers would have new tools and opportunities because BUAN was the first in the nation to offer agricultural programmes that could contribute towards precision agriculture.

Read the full article at All Africa (Bakang Segokgo)

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