- Hanu Yedluri
- Troy, MI
- United States
Worldwide agriculture needs continue to grow, why isn't it treated like a business or manufacturing industry?
Today the global population is nearing 7 billion and earth is supporting the food needs of the world. Based on current population growth estimates we will soon reach 9 billion. But most of the population growth is in developing nations where agriculture is very limited. If the farming is supported the way it is today by their respective nations and world, can it produce enough food for future demands? In a manufacturing company, we can control the production by increasing or decreasing it based on demand. But, in farming, once the seeds are sown, the farmer only has one option - wait till harvest. Usually farming in developing countries happens based on which crop is producing more return on investment (high demand last year) which determines the benchmark for choosing what crop will be sown. The same farmer is not aware of other parts of the country that will bring the produced goods to market before him or of imports/exports of the same crop. This is resulting in farmers incurring losses, giving up farming and moving to urban areas, where providing minimum needs has become a challenge to the governments. What I am missing here is in enterprises we have analytics with targets to improve performance, where to cut operating costs and increase net margins. How can the world provide the same to a farmer? Can’t we give predictions and recommendations to make farming a respectful profession, those who are key to food production and make the world a better place? At the end of the day the farmer needs help in choosing the right crop, seed, pesticides, based on demand supply to name a few. But these numbers are only accessible to bureaucrats and commodity traders.