Japan set to get world’s first ‘robot-run’ farm
This indoor grow house, measuring about 4,400 square metres, will have floor-to-ceiling shelves where the produce is grown. It is likely will produce 30,000 heads of lettuce a day.
This farm will be built by Kyoto-based vegetable factory operator Spread Co. Almost every step of the process, from watering seedlings to harvesting crops will be carried out by robots in farm.
The farm, measuring about 4,400 square metres, will have floor-to-ceiling shelves where the produce is grown.
"Seed planting will still be done by people, but the rest of the process, including harvesting, will be done (by industrial robots)," company official Koji Morisada said.
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The move to robot labour would chop personnel costs by about half and knock energy expenses down by nearly one third, Morisada added.
Shipments from the fully automated lettuce factory are expected to begin in summer 2017.