Robots are set to become the new vegetable pickers, something which may come to the surprise of many. This move however is not as far away as we may automatically think.
The technological era again continues to exceed our expectations, as San Francisco’s Salinas Valley leads the way, as part of the ongoing Agricultural revolution.
Long gone the day of horse-drawn plough, as a new pair of green fingers has now popped on the market.
As reported by Wired.com, the new hot technology; water-knife-wielding robots are being used to fill vacant positions in the fields, along with product modification tailored to make crops grow to make the operation of a machine easier.
As people continue to be replaced by machines, addressing labour shortages is identified as a main reason for the recent shift in trends.
In California, many workers have fortunately not lost their jobs to the power of technology, but instead have retained their position and work alongside the machines in the field.
According to Wired.com, these machines may even be the solution to jobs that even humans themselves don’t have the ability to do.
Head of Western Growers Centre for Innovation and Technology, Dennis Donohue informed Wired.com, that this introduction is not to ‘replace a workforce’ like one may initially expect.
Instead, it’s all about maintaining an ‘industry and food supply for North America.’, according to Mr. Donohue.
Also speaking to Wired.com, Mark Borman, president of Taylor Farms California said this action springs about because of a ‘changing population here in California, we’ve got an aging workforce. We’re not getting that younger population into the job.’
AgriData is a new start-up making waves that monitors field productivity. By efficiently scanning trees to pinpoint fruits and the determination of their yields, farmers can make more informed decisions surrounding optimum harvest time for their crops. This puts extra cash into the pocket of farmers.
As the Technological world of Agriculture continues to grow, the painful old-fashioned method of being bent-over heels and a knife in one hand, may eventually become a distant memory for many. This will be the story once robotics wins dominance to shape the future of farming.
With a world population set to hit close upon 10 billion in 2050, adequate food production is becoming a priority. Production efficiency is vital.
As a result, this technology can be expected to make its away right around the globe, as many are set to catch on with the trend in order to reap the recognised benefits.
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