Season 1 | Episode 9 | Precision agriculture: The future of technology
This week in Tech Terrain we look at the future of technology, and more specifically, efficiencies. We discuss developments in soil and water management, and of course – mechanisation. Coupled with technological advancement, suitable skills are required to manage these technologies on the farm. Tony Ndoro talks to IB Oosthuizen, Agriculture Director: McCain Foods South Africa and Ernest Beck, Director: Peritum Agri Institute about the optimisation of technology for greater efficiencies, as well as the need for high-level training to implement the latest technology. We also look at how technology can have an impact on managing natural resources like soil and water. We visit Koos Mthimkulu, Grain SA’s Developing Farmer of the Year in 2011 and his son, Clifford who is nowadays largely responsible for their farming operation in Senekal. This father-son combination runs a very successful fleet of agricultural machinery that they built up over the years and maintains in tiptop condition. Stephan Nel, Marketing Manager: John Deere Sub-Saharan Africa (JD SSA) and Vikar Sheopershad, Territory Customer Support Manager chat about the evolution of agricultural technology, and what can be expected in the near future. Tech Terrain is powered by John Deere, in collaboration with Farmer’s Weekly and Brand Republic.