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NARO Researchers Develop Rice-Field Farming Robots

Researchers at the National Agricultural and Food Research Organization have released a range of robots to perform entire farming tasks involved in the rice-fields, ranging from planting rice seedlings to harvesting.

Prototype farming robot

These archetypes consisting of combines and tractors equipped with onboard microcomputers and GPS were showcased on October 7 at the National Agricultural Research Center in Tsukuba and the optimum route to be adopted by the robot in the rice-field was established.

The research organization has reported that further research will be focused on assuring the robot’s safety and by partnering with Hokkaido University they are determined to employ these robots in soybean, wheat and rice fields. The organization anticipates that this latest innovative technology will persuade the young generation into the agriculture sector, thereby saving the farming industry from jeopardy.


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