Agricultural Robots is a robot that is used in agriculture and controlled by different software. The robots are used to accommodate various operations, crop species can sense and adapt to the environment or variation, detecting (e.g., visual, etc.), and calculations, a new generation of unmanned automatic operation machinery such as artificial intelligence. Through the application of robot technology, many technology companies are making efforts to change traditional agricultural production methods from planting, fertilizing, spraying, loosening soil, weeding, harvesting, etc., especially in the fields that required a lot of labor in the past.
Global agricultural robots market size was valued at USD 4.9 billion in 2019 and is anticipated to which expected to reach USD 26.76 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 19.76 % from 2020–2027. The growth of the market can be attributed to the surge in demand for automation for various agricultural processes and the growing shortage of farm labor. Further, the increasing need for monitoring crop health for yield production along with the rising government support for the adoption of modern agricultural techniques will spur the global agricultural robot industry in the upcoming periods. Additionally, the augmented productivity and farm efficiency, population growth, constant innovation in technology, and a decline in workforce availability are strengthening market growth. With the continuous demographic surge, consumers’ demand for food is increasing; these factors lead to the adoption of technological solutions to catalyze agricultural productivity.
Moreover, the need to produce food products effectively and ensure sustainability is anticipated to boost market expansion. Furthermore, the reducing number of labors, rising population, and growing requirement for high productivity from the existing farm areas will propel the demand for agricultural robots in the coming years. Also, the positioning system and geographic information system techniques for precision agriculture and data helps in making better decisions on fertilizing, planting, and harvesting crops are expected to witness remarkable growth in future periods. Additionally, the surge in the applications of agriculture robots for computing, navigation, mobility, localization, and sensing expected to drive the agricultural robot industry in the upcoming periods.
The robot can pick apples at night with the help of lights and achieve 7 * 24 hours of uninterrupted work, which significantly improves work efficiency. Fruit farmers can view the growth of fruits in real-time through image tools and remotely control robots to pick fruits. The robot picks apples at an average speed of 1 per second. Robots can work with workers to optimize the configuration of field plants and reduce non-labor costs such as water, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. The agricultural robot can move in real-time, collecting more points and more comprehensive and accurate images and data. Compared with artificial field detection, agricultural robots can work around the clock, and the data collection is more detailed and continuous.
The agricultural Internet of things technology, its application and promotion was introduced on vehicular monitoring system and temperature monitoring systems such as fruit and vegetable planting, aquaculture and animal husbandry, agricultural facilities, and so on. The application effects showed that the Internet of things technology could effectively reduce resource consumption of agricultural production and effectively reduce the application of water, fertilizer, and medicine. It has important guiding significance for the realization of precision agriculture and intelligent agriculture and has significant ecological and economic benefits and great application and promotion value.
Based on offering, the global agricultural robot market classified into hardware, software, and services. The hardware segment held the maximum agricultural robot market share in 2019. It is attributable to the hardware help in monitoring and sensing devices comprises of soil sensors such as nutrient, temperature and moisture sensors, yield monitors, water, and climate sensor.
The services will be the fastest-growing segment in the forecast period. It is owing to services provide consulting in return on investment calculations and initial setup advice.
Based on the type, the global agricultural robots market classified into UAVs, milking robots, driverless tractors, automated harvesting systems, and others. The UAVs segment will hold higher market potential by 2027. It is owing to UAVs used in farms for modern farming such as soil and crop field analysis and livestock management, especially in fields smaller than 50 hectares.
The driverless tractors held a momentous market share in 2019. It is due to the growing demand for the ability of driverless tractors in planting, seeding, and tillage for row and broad acre crop farming.
Based on the farming environment, the global agricultural robot market bifurcates into outdoor and indoor. The outdoor segment is projected to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period by 2027. It is on account of UAVs or drones and autonomous tractors equipped with GPS are used for outdoor farming.
The indoor segment will showcase a lucrative CAGR during the forecast period. It is due to the use of milking robots, plant handling robots, and fruit harvesting robots to make up for smaller field sizes.
Based on the application, the global agricultural robots market categorized into harvest management, field farming, dairy & livestock management, soil management, irrigation management, pruning management, weather tracking & monitoring, inventory management, and others. The soil management segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. It is on account of the increasing disposition of mobile field robots, for weeding and fertilizing.
The harvest management accounted for a significant market share in 2019. It is due to the growing awareness among farmers and the availability of software solutions for data analytics and field surveys.
Based on farm produce, the global agricultural robots market segmented into fruits and vegetables, field crops, livestock, and others. The field crops segment dominated the market in terms of revenue in 2019 due to the penetration of auto-steering systems, and autonomous robots for drone surveying applications are focused on corn and sugarcane fields.
Based on geography, the global agricultural robots market segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. North America is slated to account for a significant share by 2027 in the agricultural robot market. The growth in the region can be attributed to the increasing government support for the adoption of modern agriculture techniques, swelling penetration of automated farm equipment and associated software in the region, and the surge in the number of farmers opting for automation of agricultural activities.
The Asia Pacific is projected to provide significant growth opportunities due to the presence of higher farming land and increasing government focus on growing food production of the countries due to the surge in population.
Companies such as Deere & Company, Trimble, AGCO Corporation, AgJunction, DJI, Boumatic, Lely, DeLaval, Topon, AgEagle Aerial Systems, YANMAR CO., Deepfield Robotics, ecoRoborix, Harvest Automation, Naïo Technologies, ROBOTICS PLUS, CNH INDUSTRIAL N.V., KUBOTA Corporation, HARVEST CROO, Autonomous Tractor Corporation, Abundant Robotics, Clearpath Robotics, Iron Ox, CLAAS KGaA mbH, and Ag Leader Technology are the key players in the global agricultural robots market.
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