TOKYO (Web Desk) – A Japanese firm has announced to open the world’s first fully automated farm with robots handling almost every step of the process, from watering seedlings to harvesting crops.
According to the firm, the indoor grow house will start operating by the middle of 2017 and produce 30,000 heads of lettuce a day. It hopes to boost that figure to half a million lettuce heads daily within five years.
The farm, measuring about 4,400 square metres (47,300 square feet), 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 said.
The move to robot labour would chop personnel costs by about half and knock energy expenses down by nearly one third, the official added.