A pillar in our consultancy: Technology

Many a grower has a long ladder of opportunities to improve performance in the field of technology. Here you will find some information about the investment in technology. Bangalore Plants First assists you with economic calculations and practical advice regarding technologies and systems to enable you to make the right decisions.

The need to invest in technology

Obviously there is a logic behind the investment in technology; each and every item has to increase profit. This can be through cost reduction, production increase or better market prices (marketing systems, better product quality). Investment in technology is often not a free choice but a need to stay competitive.

There are reasons to invest in:

  • Control of growing conditions, i.e. mechanisation or automation of shade nets, side vents, humidification, ventilation, irrigation systems, fertilizer application and so on
  • Crop management, e.g. crop handling systems, spray equipment, data readers/loggers on plant growth (photosynthesis, opening stage of stomata, etc)
  • Support to labour productivity, i.e. intern transport, including pathways, product collection, selecting and sorting. Direct workers controls like attendance devices, data loggers on activity timings, etc
  • Storage and packing, e.g. cool storage, packing material and assemblage, product tracking systems
  • Transport and distribution, like geographic positioning systems (gps) on trucks and recording
  • Administrative and accounts systems, tracking and call back system, Tally ERP
  • General, communication systems like apps and automatic messaging, feed back systems, uploading product information and photos for clients for distance order.

Some issues that play a role in acquiring technology:

  • Sequence of investment. New technology has to fit in the actual operations
  • Knowledge is required to purchase and operate technology systems and equipment
  • Technology functions, when implemented timely and correctly. Settings may require to be changed from time to time. Remember: rubbish in – rubbish out!
  • Most technological items require regular maintenance and adjustment. Back-up from the supplier is important