U.S. company Farm-ng Inc. announced its latest round of funding to support its general purpose robotics platform called Amiga.
The investment, led by Xplorer Capital, will be used by the Californian company to scale up the manufacturing of the Amiga, farm-ng‘s modular, electric micro-tractor, and for further development in autonomous navigation in farming operations ranging from harvesting, towing, cultivating, hauling, feeding, spraying and more.
Farm-ng says the Amiga is designed to help farms stay competitive through a simple, affordable and highly customisable electric micro-tractor. The Amiga incorporates the latest in precision agriculture techniques to maximise yields while reducing workload, facilitating data collection, improving safety, and reducing soil compaction.
The Amiga is easily adjustable to row widths, can accommodate a wide variety of add-on tools, and can be ridden or operated remotely. According to Farm-ng these improvements will only accelerate in the future as the Amiga becomes autonomous.
Currently, the Amiga is used by Californian farmers such as Jacobs Farm Del Cabo for the production of organic vegetables and culinary herbs, reducing manual labor for seeding, compost spreading, cultivating and hauling materials around the farm.
The electric micro-tractor was named the winner of the 2023 Small Farm Innovation Challenge, hosted annually by the nonprofit Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF). Farm-ng is also an anchor partner of the Farm Robotics Challenge, a robotics competition involving the top US university agriculture programs.