Engineering research in field of agriculture holds a key for sustainable future of Mankind. Technological advancements in farming, referred to as Agtech as grabbed a massive attention among researchers, investors and end users. It focuses on every aspect of farming, starting from Crop selection, Land Preparation, Seed Selection and sowing till the crop is harvested. In past half decade the trends in Agtech have been promising with countries like USA, Canada, Australia, India and Brazil .
Agtech is automation of conventional farming techniques using modern day robots and drones. Initially,the main use of Agricultural robots had been in harvesting of crops. However, the Drones revolutionized the orthodox laborious techniques to easy, quick and more precise methods which help in maintaining the nutritional values of soil and improving crop quality thereby, increasing the overall yield.
Robots and Drones in Agtech
Development of agriculture equipment has been an extensive process over past many decades and it still continues with intense focus on robots and drones. Some of the robots include:
- HV-100 by Harvest Automation
- FarmBot- World’s First Open Source Farming Machine
- Tertill Robot-A weed removing robot
- IBEX Automation Ltd.’s IBEX Robot
- Ecorobotix’s Autonomous Robot Weeder
From Robot to Drones such as
- eBee From SenseFly
- Yamaha’s RMAX helicopters
- Customized agriculture drones by PrecisionHawk
- DJI drones
Furthermore, not only mechanical products but also software applications have helped in evolution of Agtech. To begin with, Gamaya a imaging and big data based company provides solutions in the area of agriculture. Secondly, software such as Croio , EasyKeeper, Agrivi etc have helped in management of farms.