Today the Fourth Industrial Revolution is bringing exciting opportunities for farmers to increase productivity, protect the environment and make farming safer. From the use of ‘big data’ and AI to inform farm management decisions, to autonomous tractors and robotic pickers.
We are on the cusp of innovation where farmers and growers can minutely manage inputs to maximise production, and use automation and robotics to reduce labour numbers and costs.
The government has committed a £90million investment supporting the idea that Agritech is a burgeoning market (Transforming Food Production Challenge through the Industrial Strategy)
We are proud to be exploring the use of robotics in this important sector, employing almost 4 million people and larger than the automotive and aerospace sectors combined. Agritech companies are already working closely with UK farmers, using technology, particularly robotics and AI, to help create new technologies and herald new innovations. This is a truly exciting time for the industry as there is a growing recognition that the significant challenges facing global agriculture represent unique opportunities for innovation, investment and commercial growth
Jenna Ross is a farmer’s daughter from Aberdeenshire with a passion for driving innovation in agriculture. Jenna holds a PhD in Environmental Science, as well as an MBA, and has more than 10 years’ experience working on various international projects. She completed a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in 2018 where she spent 26 week travelling the world looking at international opportunities to include her passion and an area of expertise – looking at slug control and biological invasions She noticed a gap in the market for autonomous slug monitoring. In addition, bio-molluscides are currently too expensive for use in arable crops. Therefore the ‘SlugBot’ collaboration was created – this game changing project looks to fill a market demand and looks to open up exciting opportunities for farmers.
Sam Watson Jones is a fourth generation arable farmer from North Shropshire – and was inspired by the work of Simon Blackmore in the National Centre for Precision Farming at Harper Adams and the vison he saw of replacing much of the heavy work done by tractors in fields with a series of highly accurate, smart, lightweight robots. grew up in Norway surrounded by farms, as a robotics engineer – he combines his love for nature and putting things together to create robots that he hopes will revolutionise farming practices. Sam was also previously a management consultant at Accenture. He specialised in global technology implementations of minimum $100m, leading multisite teams of 100+ people.
‘’Small Robot Company is reimagining farming with robotics and artificial intelligence. Our vision is to make food production sustainable, reducing farming’s impact on the environment and increasing farm outputs globally. The farmbots Tom, Dick and Harry will plant, feed and weed arable crops autonomously, with minimal waste. ‘’
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