Since technology will eventually be leveraged in most sectors of industry to manage human society it makes sense that the stream-lining of agriculture will eventually go robotic. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture recently confirmed that nation with their six-year plan for a robotic “Dream Project”. It starts with self-steering automated tractors and robot farmers that aim to transform land ruined by the March 2011 tsunami into a futuristic super farm.
Six hundred acres of land and 4 billion yen ($52 million) have been set aside in Miyagi prefecture to create the robot farm, with Miyagi being one of the three prefectures worst hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The plan is to cultivate rice, soybeans, wheat, fruit and vegetables. Instead of utilizing chemical fertilizers, carbon dioxide emissions from machinery will be channeled back into crops to aid growth. Once harvested, they will be packed by robot farmers and distributed nationwide.
The “Dream Project” hopes to revive the nation’s agriculture. I like it.