WORLD SUSTAINABILITY DAY 2021: HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THE WORLD AND YOUR AGRIBUSINESS
World Sustainability Day falls on the fourth Wednesday of every October and is a reminder for us to amend our ways for the greater good of the future of our race and that of the planet. This year the World Sustainability Day falls on 27th October 2021. Let’s have a look at what sustainability is and what is the best way to practice sustainability for agribusinesses.
What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is defined by the United Nations as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs”. To put it more simply, it is the ability to sustain life in all its glory for generations to come. This requires us to be mindful of the overexploitation of the planet and its people in our race to become wealthy.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)
The impact of human activities around the globe have exacted a huge toll on the environment and its people in many ways. Mindless exploitation, of our ancestors and our own generation, for the sake of development has come at a big price for ourselves and our progeny in the form of Climate Change, food shortage, pollution, poverty etc. The United Nations released a set of Sustainable Development Goals to be followed by all the nations of the world for improving life and reversing climate change, in 2015. These rules are to be implemented by all countries and corporations across the world before the deadlines hit.
Sustainability in Agriculture
Agriculture is not only one of the largest, but the oldest human activity on the earth. The centuries of food production and the human need to get the most out of the land has made wastelands and threatened biodiversity across the earth. Being the activity that is in the closest proximity to the earth, responsible agriculture is the need of the hour.
The advancement of technology has extended towards agribusinesses in a lot of ways to become a responsible one.
An effective way to strengthen the sustainable facet of your agribusiness is through a Farm Management Software (FMS). A Farm Management Software has a sustainability module that helps you manages everything from the raw materials to the farming practices involved. The following are some of the ways in which a Farm Software can improve your sustainability quotient:
- Precision farming: administering precise amounts of water, fertilizer and pesticide in your farming reduces overuse and land degradation. Based on the soil and water test results, the Farm Management Software calculates precise amounts of everything needed for the health of a crop thereby reducing cost and increasing profitability.
- Microbiome protection: A farm management software analyses all activities from soil preparation to harvesting and helps in charting the Good Agricultural Practicesthat will help in protecting the microbiome ecosystem that plays a huge role in ecological balance.
- Waste management: A Farm Management Software can train farmers in adopting the most easy and efficient way to dispose of the effluents and waste generated during farming. This can prevent contamination of soil and water.
- Training: An FMS can help you in preparing an annual training calendar and also in tracking the actual training happening in the field.
- Auditing: Encouraging the farmers to follow sustainable practices alone is not enough. Without proper monitoring and course corrections, it is difficult to ensure effective implementation of your sustainable policies. A Farm Management Software has tools to conduct audits and compile the results easily for your review.
Trace Agtech is an intuitive and feature rich farm management software that will integrate all of your contract farms and farmers on a single platform. It helps you in digitizing farm diaries, geo-fencing farms, pest/disease control, real-time support to farmers, expense tracking, yield forecasting, buying, quality control, farm audits, traceability, sustainability, training master trainers (TOT) & farmers, monitoring & managing field staff, etc.