FARMING will need to shift towards indoor vertical farms and precision techniques that could make use of drones.Just as important will be the planting of drought-resistant crops and even printing meat to secure food production globally.This is according to Ernst Janovsky, senior agricultural economist at Absa, who emphasised that technology will need to be incorporated into farming practices in order to keep up with costs and supply.Speaking at an Absa Agribusiness roundtable in Centurion on Tuesday, Janovsky said population growth would create more demand for food, water and land.By 2050, the global population is expected to reach nearly 10-billion people.But Janovsky and fellow agricultural economist Wessel Lemmer said the adoption of new technology should mitigate some of the food security risks.The use of drones to determine crop yield, diseased plants and even the leaf area index of a tree in an orchard is already benefiting farmers.Lemmer said further advances in agriculture w...

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