Japan shocked the world when it recently staffed a hotel with robots. Now Japan is preparing to open the world’s first fully automated vegetable farm. These developments, in quick succession, are a testimony to Japan’s progress in robotic technology that makes it a worldwide leader.
Vegetable Factory: A New Way to Produce Vegetables
Robotic weed whackers, robotic gardeners, cropping robots, dairying robots, fruit picking robots, and the list goes on. Seeing as every other aspect of farming is being automated with robots, it’s no wonder that Japan, a leader in robotic technology, will be opening a robotic farm in 2017, the first of its kind in the world.
The main argument in favor of robotic farms is the increase in production and the reduction in the costs leading to both a better bottom line for the producer and lower prices for consumers.
Japan’s Spread, a vegetable producer in Kyoto, believes its automated growing system will deliver pesticide-free lettuce with better nutritional value. According to the company, projections are that personnel costs will be cut in half and energy costs by one-third due to a new LED lighting system.
Spread plans to harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce daily.
Robotic Farms Could Be Growth Industry
Spread plans to expand all over Japan if it’s initial project proves successful.
The following video shows what the vegetable factory will look like.