Labour Costs in Agriculture

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It takes a whole lot of hard work to successfully grow crops traditionally. There is a high amount of farmer interaction time with their crops. Whether it be to ensure that the plants remain pest free in an organic way, or to act as weed prevention, the time required is significantly higher than plants and crops produced industrially.

Labour is a critical input in traditional agricultural production. It accounts for more than half of a crops production cost. Rising scarcity and costs of agricultural labour threaten food production and the agricultural sector has to look at other options.

''Cost of farm labourers ever increasing, the agricultural sector will benefit greatly from diversifying into alternative methods.''

 

With the cost of farm labourers ever increasing, the agricultural sector will benefit greatly from diversifying into alternative methods of farming such as hydroponic farming, aquaponic and aeroponic.

These three alternative methods require very little labour and in some cases crops can be grown with just two people. Aeroponics technology in particular is not only minimal labour but also it’s a more sustainable method of farming.

Aeroponics can be set up in almost any environment, Farm Box in particular is a purpose build 40ft shipping container. This type of indoor crop production enables year-round growing by mitigating the effects of weather. This control over crop timing allows indoor farms to increase margins by growing “off-market” and selling against outdoor seasonality. In other words, indoor farms are uniquely capable of growing traditional summer crops during the winter and winter crops during the summer.

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