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Direct Air Discusses Increasing Durability in UK Agriculture

Air compressors have helped to mitigate the impact of the UK’s prior lack of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Together with nitrogen-generating technologies, their involvement in establishing controlled atmospheres that extend the shelf life of fresh goods has aided in preserving the quality, nutrient content, and flavour of agricultural items in times of shortage.

However, it is critical to recognise that air compressors cannot be regarded as a straightforward solution to the problem.

To develop a sustainable and resilient agricultural system, the UK must address the underlying issues that contributed to the national shortage of fresh food in the first place.

The harsh weather conditions that the UK experienced throughout the crisis were a major contributor to the scarcity. Unpredictable weather events, such as storms and floods, can cause damage to infrastructure, disrupt transportation networks, and lead to soil erosion.

These factors contribute to increased operational costs for farmers and create additional challenges in maintaining a stable and resilient agricultural system.

To mitigate these challenges, farmers often employ adaptive strategies, such as the use of climate-resistant crop varieties, improved irrigation techniques, and enhanced weather forecasting technologies, to navigate the dynamic and unpredictable nature of the UK’s weather conditions.

Nevertheless, insufficient water availability during dry spells can hinder crop development and stress livestock, leading to lower productivity and increased vulnerability to diseases.

Furthermore, temperature extremes can disrupt the timing of planting and harvesting seasons, affecting crop cycles and overall agricultural planning.

Changes in weather patterns, attributed to climate change, also bring about uncertainties in predicting and adapting to conditions, making it challenging for farmers to plan and manage their operations effectively.

Labour shortages have also negatively affected the agriculture industry. Measures like implementing policies to attract and retain skilled agricultural workers, promoting education and training programmes, and exploring robotics and automation can aid in preventing future shortages.

The Covid-19 outbreak wreaked havoc on worldwide supply lines, particularly agriculture. Resilient supply chain solutions that favour local sourcing and investments in digital technology must be considered to minimise future disruptions.

In the future, the UK can boost resilience by implementing enhanced weather monitoring, sustainable agricultural methods, collaboration, and support for local food systems.

Tim McGill, Area General Manager at Direct Air, commented: “Air compressors and related technology such as nitrogen generators are critical for our customers across the Food and Beverage industry.

“Compressed air systems help in facilities producing food and drink that is consumed daily in the UK, specifically at dairy production sites, where nitrogen injection is used to create micro-bubbles for improving texture whilst not affecting the great taste of products such as cream and desserts.

“Nitrogen purging, filling, blanketing and so many more applications are used across the food and beverage industry to help prolong shelf life, preventing oxidisation and contamination and protecting our food.”

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