On 29 September 2023, the first Global Conference on Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) concluded in Rome. The event was held in a hybrid format at FAO headquarters and brought together over 8,500 participants from around the world. But the focus was on innovation in agriculture, particularly related to drones and technology solutions from two leading companies, NIK and XAG.
NIK and XAG: Pioneers in Agricultural Innovation
Two companies playing the role of key innovators in agriculture are NIK and XAG. NIK with years of experience in implementing innovative agricultural products, while XAG focuses on autonomous drones and robots.
Drones as a tool for Sustainable Agriculture
NIK and XAG presented the important role of drones in achieving FAO’s goals. XAG founder, Justin Gong, was part of the panel discussion on “Digitization and Automation” along with other experts from the IOT field.
“Drones are a means to attract young people to work in the sector,” said Justin Gong, during the discussion. “They are also our key to the future of precision agriculture”
Сред множеството предимства на дроновете, които бяха дискутирани най-голям принос към постигане на целите на FAO имат следните:
- More efficient use of resources: drones allow more precise and economical application of valuable resources such as water and fertiliser, with the reduced total amount of solution through higher concentrations of active substance being applied helping to dramatically reduce water use.
- Increased productivity: technological solutions help to increase yields and reduce losses in regions with a lower level of technological provision, and in cases where the use of widespread agricultural machinery is not possible.
- Sustainability and ecological footprint: the use of drones helps reduce environmental impact through the ability to target spraying – i.e. reducing spraying in areas that do not need it.
Together on the path to sustainable agriculture
Both NIK’s and XAG’s participation in the FAO Conference highlighted the importance of innovation and collaboration in the fight against hunger and sustainable agriculture.Through joint efforts and innovation, NIK and XAG are making their voices heard to play an important role in building a more sustainable and productive future for agriculture.