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Impact farm robotics on labour shortage 'over-estimated'

Although much work is being done on farm robotics, there is still quite a large gap between developing market-ready technology and on-farm use. This means farm businesses could have to wait a long time until they see the benefits.

This sentiment was echoed on F&A Next, a farm innovation event run by Wageningen University and Research (WUR) in The Netherlands. Dutch researchers also claim that the capacity of farm robotics to deliver quick-fix solutions to agriculture’s labour concerns is vastly over-estimated.

Dutch robotics scientist Rick van de Zedde told delegates at F&A Next: “Industry expectations for farm robotics are definitely too high at present. There is a tendency for users to think they can buy a robot, push the start button and leave the machine to work away on its own. That is not going to be true, certainly not in agriculture.”


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