Innovation is extremely vital in modern-day agriculture. The industry continues to face challenges such as shortage of labour, reduced annual budgets from governments and the many negative impacts that climate change brings (rise in pests and diseases, soil degradation, severe weather events etc).
In the last ten years (2010 to present), there have been many climate-smart techniques developed to help combat some of these challenges and as we know by now, hydroponics is one such measure. Even with the commercialisation of hydroponics, most countries still rely on traditional agriculture for crop production.
The development of agricultural technologies reaps many benefits in traditional agriculture. Farmers no longer must apply fertilisers, water or pesticides manually and uniformly across their fields; they can now use the minimum quantities required and target very specific areas, or even treat individual plants differently.