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Use of Robotics in Agriculture
The agricultural industry is facing a number of challenges, including a shortage of workers, decreasing yields, and an ageing farmer population. Robotics has the potential to address these challenges and improve efficiency in the agricultural industry.
According to a recent study by the National Farmers’ Union, the UK is facing a shortage of 500,000 farm workers. This shortage is being driven by a number of factors, including retirements, the decline of the farming industry, and the lack of interest in the profession among young people. The average yield of wheat in the UK has decreased by 15% in the past 4 years. This decrease is heightened by climate change, pests, and diseases. The average age of a farmer in the UK is 59 years old, and this is the highest average age of farmers in any developed country. The ageing of the farming population is a major challenge for the agricultural industry, as it means that there are fewer young people entering the profession. A study by the University of Cambridge found that robotics could increase agricultural productivity by up to 30%. This increase in productivity would be due to a number of factors, including the elimination of labour costs and the increased efficiency of robots.
- The global agricultural industry is worth over $5 trillion.
- The agricultural industry employs over 1 billion people worldwide.
- The average cost of a farm worker is over $10,000 a year.
- The average yield of wheat in the UK is 3.5 tons per hectare.
- The average age of a farmer in the UK is 59 years old.
In conclusion, the agricultural industry needs robotics to increase efficiency. Robotics has the potential to address the challenges facing the agricultural industry, such as the shortage of workers, decreasing yields, and increasing the average age of farmers.
Robotics in Agriculture are useful for:
- Plant seeds and harvest crops more accurately and efficiently than humans.
- Apply pesticides and herbicides more precisely, reducing the risk of environmental contamination.
- Monitor crop growth and health in real-time, allowing farmers to intervene quickly if necessary.
By automating these tasks, robots could help to reduce labour costs, improve crop yields, and protect the environment. As a result, robotics has the potential to play a vital role in ensuring the future of food production.
We can apply our robotics control software to almost any application you can imagine and also add Artificial Intelligence (AI) to allow selective and reliable control.
Evie Robotics AI farming companions assist and provide efficient help with the picking of fruits and vegetables. Evie AI Robotics Technology uses Inverse Kinematics (IK) to gain precise control of the Robot Arm and Obtaining visual data using stereo vision cameras.
Evie Autonomous Technology is also used in other agricultural applications including Weed Spraying Robotics, Soil Sampling Robotics, Fruit Picking Robotics and other types of harvesting.
Weed Spraying Robotics
Evie AI Robotics Technology can be used in the application of any and all fertilisers, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides autonomously incites a streamlined, sustainable process for spraying pesticides and fertilisers on farms. Our innovative spraying application ecologically combats and destroys weeds and treats produce to keep farms and allotments healthy and thriving.
95% of weeds can be easily destroyed using the weed spraying robotic AI companion, also decreasing 70% of product wastage by calculating precisely how much is needed, and where it is to be distributed.
Soil Sampling Robotics
Sampling soil manually can lead to making mistakes and causing errors as high as 20%. This can lead to major overestimations for expenses and wastage of products for markers who believe they need more or less product than they really do.
In order to make this process flow efficiently and reduce errors steadfastly, the soil needs to be sampled from the same spot season to season, this allows identification of the soil’s evolution and helps to build a data report that can massively benefit farmers who will know when volumes of products increase and decrease, and give annual overviews of any changes flagged.
Evie AI Robotics Technology uses autonomous soil samplers to maximise this process and keep farmers’ time and effort free for other important practices.
Fruit Picking Robotics
One of the latest technological advancements in the fruit-picking and allotment field is Evie AI Robotics AI companions that assist and provide efficient help with the picking of fruits and vegetables. These robots can increase productivity and decrease labour costs while in no way threatening the jobs of the other pickers.
The Evie AI Robotics technology, collects data about the location of fruit and vegetables by scanning the immediate surroundings of the plant leaves. A mobile platform then navigates and serves as a support for the mechanical picking arm, which uses a stereo vision camera to make location-based specifications using ‘visual data’ in order to know which strawberries to pick.
New technology is being refined every day in order to ensure 100% safety and efficiency, and with the rapid development that the Cavonix team are skilled in, the AI cultivators are to be made available in the not-too-distant future.
The influence of autonomy in agricultural advancements