Oliver McEntyre, National Agricultrual Strategy Director for Barclays, talks about his thoughts on 2020 and what the global pandemic has meant for Agriculture.
What a year 2020 has been, far from normal for anyone wherever they are around the world – thankfully the world of core agriculture has not been as affected as so many other sectors but we have all still learned new ways of operating. The complete loss of industry events throughout 2020 has taught us how important it is for communication and knowledge transfer – something we have managed to continue as an industry throughout 2020 through the power and connectivity the internet provides in a modern world.
Our ability to communicate, see people, share screens and network in a virtual world reduced travel at a time, especially when everyone’s carbon footprint is under scrutiny, saved valuable time and of course the costs too.
As we move into 2021, we must use this connectivity, networking and knowledge sharing to progress the technology available to agriculture, increase its uptake and maximise our efficiency while heading on the journey to Net Zero.
Common goals, shared across an industry are more quickly achieved by working together for the common good, pulling together, as a population or in this case as an industry, to reach a common objective is something else this pandemic has surely taught us.