Farmers Need Different Kinds of Farming Robots In Future
Usage Of Robots And Drones Allow Large Crop Maintenance In Less Time Duration
The farmlands located in Queensland, Australia, are modernizing the concept of farming and using different types of robots to enhance crop yielding, and information about bovines would also be available at your fingertips. The grazing animals in Australia have each been fitted with an electronic wireless device behind one ear, which is roughly the same size as that of a matchbox to maintain the bovines while allowing them easy access to the large field areas for grazing.
Bovine smart sensors
These small and lightweight devices are tamper-proof, powered by the solar system, and have a GPS facility to be connected to a nearby satellite, providing functions similar to that of a smart tag, which allows constant real-time transmission of location data to the farmer.
These robotic devices were developed by Ceres Tag, which is a Brisbane-based technology firm. The chief executive of Ceres Tag stated that the small tag device provides the farmer with the exact location of the animal along with its condition. They have developed a sophisticated algorithm for the smart tag, which also includes measurements of intake of pasture feed, which then provides the efficiency data for the animal to later make effective genetic selections for further breeding.
The smart tags that also monitor re-chewing levels of the animals along with other fitness and health factors are one of the ways by which the latest technology could be used for agricultural purposes.
The Irish firm Moocall is currently producing a sensor connected with the smartphone of the farmer, which is generally fitted on the tails of pregnant cows and sends the information through text message to the farmer when the animals are approaching calving.
The feature enables the farmer to become productive and does other tasks at hand before, and when the time comes, he could tend to the cow on time, rather than waiting alongside her for an extended duration. Multiple methods are being developed which would allow improvement in the efficiency at a farm, which consequently would improve the overall gaining of profit.
The farmers around the globe are looking forward to using drones and robots for autonomous harvesting of crops along with a spray of pesticide as it would require less amount of manpower and less time duration to maintain a large number of crops. Technological advancement, including the usage of robots, is used to address the current issues faced by the general population, including food insecurity, rapidly changing climatic conditions, and cutting of working staff induced by the coronavirus pandemic.
Collectively, the term used to describe the usage of technology and robots in agriculture is called precision farming, and the industry is currently flourishing. According to a report, the global market worth is expected to reach $12.9 billion by the year 2027, with 13% of the growth of this industry per year from 2021 to 2027.
As technological advancements are progressing rapidly throughout the world, the development of largely autonomous farms is very near in the future. Already, several technologies have emerged, including robots that allow help in monitoring the health levels of the crops, which are currently being used at the research fields of Daslab (Distributed Autonomous Systems Laboratory) at the University of Illinois.
A farming field would be needing different sorts of robots comprising of different sizes. An autonomous system would be developed to provide co-ordination between the team of robots and tell them what they need to do to get the tasks done.
In addition to robots being used, drones would also be made accessible to get the tasks done in an agriculture setting. Drones allow covering of large areas in a small amount of time as they can go a long distance to spray pesticides on the crops or take pictures of plants that are a bit difficult to gain direct access for the farmer.
The different components of technology being used, including robots in the agriculture industry, are being developed to provide innovation and beneficial outcomes in the developing world.
Globally, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been severe, as shelves of food became completely empty during the different phases of lockdown, which increased various concerns regarding the shortage of food supplies. Some of the technology firms are turning towards innovative technology to help provide ease of accessibility of food and limit fear.
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