Agricultural robot shipments to increase sharply

31-07-2019 | |
2016-06-15 15:51:52 A weeding robot is pictured during a demonstration of new technologies "Digifermes" (Digital farms) at the Arvalis farm, an applied agricultural research organisation dedicated to arable crops, on June 15, 2016 in Saint-Hilaire-en-Woevre, eastern France.  JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP
2016-06-15 15:51:52 A weeding robot is pictured during a demonstration of new technologies "Digifermes" (Digital farms) at the Arvalis farm, an applied agricultural research organisation dedicated to arable crops, on June 15, 2016 in Saint-Hilaire-en-Woevre, eastern France. JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP

Global shipments of agricultural robots will increase at a fast pace over the next several years.

According to a new report from Tractica, global shipments of agricultural robots will increase at a fast pace over the next several years, rising from approximately 60,000 units annually in 2018 to more than 727,000 by 2025.

UAVs to top the list

The market intelligence firm anticipates that UAVs will top the list among agricultural robot categories, followed by driverless tractors, material management robots, soil management robots, and dairy management robots. Tractica forecasts that such shipments will drive a total annual market value of $ 87.9 billion worldwide by 2025.

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Tractica anticipates that UAVs will top the list among agricultural robot categories, followed by driverless tractors, material management robots, soil management robots, and dairy management robots. - Photo: AFP

Tractica anticipates that UAVs will top the list among agricultural robot categories, followed by driverless tractors, material management robots, soil management robots, and dairy management robots. – Photo: AFP

“Robots and automation technologies have the potential to dramatically improve crop quality and yields, reduce the amount of chemicals used, solve labor shortages, and provide hope for the economic sustainability of smaller farming operations,” says senior analyst Glenn Sanders.

Strong demand for robots

Sanders adds that these factors are driving strong demand for robots throughout the farming process, including planting, pruning, weeding, pick-and-place, sorting, seeding, spraying, harvesting, and materials handling.

Agricultural robot shipments to increase sharply


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