Changing face of Agriculture
There was once a time when farmers used to plow the land manually and it was one long hard task stretching from dawn to dusk. So they put their heads together and came up with the tractor. Cut to the 21st century and farming has gone all high-tech and is talking about GM food and Agricultural biotechnology.
The scientific advances have touched all the facets in the field of agriculture. Thus agricultural machinery has witnessed a radical makeover from the days of hand-held apparatus like trimmers and chainsaws to the modern day computer-controlled, GPS-monitored and self-steered programs that are virtually negating the need for human intervention.
Agricultural technology is also making inroads into the relatively new but very promising fields of nanotechnology and genetic engineering. And nowhere is it more apparent than in the crops that are being churned out.
Health concerns have seen the soaring popularity of organic fruits and vegetables. The organic variety of food is cultivated without using pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and growth hormones. In the organic form of agriculture, food processing is done without ionizing radiation and the use of food additives. Artificiality is the bane now, only confined to the myriad-hued artificial fruits and vegetables, made from polyfoam, plastic, PVC, wax, papier-mache and also terracotta, that grace your showcase and dinning table.
The arrival of genetically modified (GM) vegetation has meant that plants, fruits and vegetables have been endowed with increased insect resistance and abundant nutritional advantages. The health brigade is lapping these up fervently. Notion of judicious use of pesticides had been promoted at all levels, and solution based chemistries have been introduced to address the upcoming challenges of the farming community. Evolution of agricultural practices has meant that there’s greater productivity and hence prosperity in the farming circles and a variety of healthy food options for the consumers.
Agriculture: Connection to planet
Agriculture represents the single largest human use of land and water. Therefore, it has a greater potential impact on our planet than any other human endeavor. At the same time, agriculture is one of the first things to be affected by changes in our environment. Rising temperatures, extreme weather, drought—these are only three of the many issues, agriculture must deal with in order to feed mankind. Quite simply, if you care about the environment, you have to care about agriculture. And vice versa.
By some estimates, agriculture currently uses 60% of the arable land on planet Earth. It also uses 70% of our fresh water. There are different opinions about how agriculture can meet the needs of a growing population. However, one thing is clear: if we have to double our food production in the next few decades, we’ll have to get more efficient—it’s mathematically impossible to double the amount of land and water we already use.
Unequal distribution of technology
Another hurdle meeting the world’s food demand is the huge technological gap between farmers in developed countries and those in developing countries. In Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia (Pakistan falls in Asia)—the two areas where populations are growing the fastest—most farmers still work without access to the best agronomic practices and technologies, including more advanced seeds, quality nutrients and effective crop protection solutions.
What is Evyol doing to help
We are a company committed to improving lives by improving agriculture. It is our purpose to work alongside farmers, academia and society and find solutions to make agriculture more sustainable.
“Customer Driven”, which started out as a simple initiative, has become a commitment to sustainable agriculture. It has become the vision for Evyol and the strategic imperatives have permeated every part of the organization. At Evyol, everything starts with local insight. We dig deep into the specific issues farmers face and our research team finds either internationally available solutions or develop local recipes to meet the challenges of tomorrow
Emphasizing the need for a more holistic approach to drive agricultural yields and closer collaboration between different stakeholders,Evyol is driving a three-point-plan to meet the challenges of farming community.
- Thinking innovation
- Enhancing farmer’s productivity
- Offering package deal
In order to imbue life into a “Customer Driven” strategy, we always think innovatively. To achieve the objective, we need to ramp up investments in R&D since stakes are high when it comes to research. So we put 10% of our earnings straight back into the lab – where each project takes us a step closer to our objective.
Enhancing farmer’s productivity
The smartest contribution we can make to enhance farmer’s productivity is to help farmers, and in particular smallholder to sustainably increase farm yields. They grow a diversity of local crops and must deal with diseases, pests, and drought, as well as poor soil.
When farmers have high productivity levels and hence more income, they can invest more in their farms and produce more nutritious food for the whole society.
Offering package deal
Evyol has worked on a holistic approach by offering a package deal to the farmers encompassing all stages of crop development (From sowing to harvest). Evyol has been helping farmers by offering quality brands of seeds, nutrients and crop protection through its subsidiaries (Kanzo Ag, AgPharma, Kanzo quality seeds, Combagro and ECO Pest Solutions).