Chapter 12

Skills, Capability, and Talent Management

For centuries, agriculture remained unchanged—farmers plowed their fields with the help of farm animals and irrigated them using water from nearby rivers. In many emerging countries, such as India, small farmers still use these centuries-old methods, which require limited skills. Innovations in agriculture started in the eighteenth century, with crop rotation, and continued in the twentieth century with mechanization, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and high-yield seeds.

Today, farming has become a high-tech operation. GPS in autonomous tractors ensures that they do not cover the same ground twice or miss any spots, thus reducing fuel consumption and improving the utilization of fertilizers. ...

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