Following the rapid population expansion the world is currently facing as well as the corresponding increase in demand for food and other resources, there is an increasing need for more agricultural products. However, uncontrolled agricultural processes, as well as indiscriminate harvesting, could put a strain on the available resources. These could cause soil degradation, loss of biodiversity loss and a corresponding loss of ecosystem services. This biodiversity loss could lead to inbreeding and then, an occasion of animals and plants genetically pre-disposed to mortality and morbidity.
None of these is good news. An alternative is sought, and fast. One solution? Agriculture Modelling. A model is a multi-dimensional smaller representation of a person, thing, or structure, and is used to imitate that which it represents.
Benefits of Agriculture Modelliing
Identification of management options:An availability of soil, management, climate, and socioeconomic information would help agricultural models play increasingly important roles in the development of sustainable land management because field and farm experiments require large amounts of resources and doing this may still not provide sufficient information needed for the identification of appropriate and effective management practices.
Information provision:Agriculture modelling provides information like potential high-risk areas where more detailed field studies are required. It also informs about the actual reality on lands and erodes all suspicions and guesses. This information is useful to inform research as well as policy decisions.
Better financial administration:With information gotten from agriculture modelling, better financial decisions can be made as those ventures that need funding will be focused on.
Lesser stress on the environment:Information gotten from agriculture modelling helps farmers engage in less intensive activities, be better informed about what plants to grow, what fertilizers to use, the effects of this on the environment, equally effective sustainable alternatives, etc.
Achievement of some sustainable development goals (SDGs):The achievement of SDGs like “zero hunger”, “life above water” and “life on land” are hinged on better agricultural processes, among some other vital processes. With agricultural modelling, farmers will carry out agricultural processes from an informed perspective and will make better choices which would yield better returns for the ecosystem.