How do they use robots in the agriculture industry?
If you had to name one sector which is leading the way in the application of robotic technology, then agriculture would be way up there. Agriculture robots are now literally in the field, in the milking shed and in the tractor.
Many industries still regard robots as tools of the future, something that can be mulled over, once an in-depth assessment has been completed by the operational team. But, for those in the agriculture sector, robots are very much a necessity. Indeed, it could be argued that they are pioneers and have been using robots to improve productivity and efficiencies for many years.
Robots are used in a wide variety of farming activities, including milking robots, robots that irrigate and fertilize crops, self-driving tractors and other autonomous farming vehicles, robots that sow and harvest crops, and robots that tend livestock.
In fact, every part of the industry can be automated and the main driver for this industry is not only cost, but the dire shortage of labour that agriculture has traditionally used.
Especially for the UK, but the same can be said for many developed nations, the idea of using cheap immigrant labour to pick crops in the summer for example, is now proving a problem. The UK has not only had to face up to the implications of Brexit, but also the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Cheap, immigrant labour is no longer so readily available.
For this key reason, agriculture has to remain a pioneer and lead the way with robotics and automation.