Key Market Overview:
Agricultural Robots market size is expected to reach USD 12.6 Billion by 2030 from the value of USD 5.1 Billion in 2022, register a CAGR of 10.6% during the forecast period (2023-2030).
Agricultural robots also known as agribots, are specialized robots designed for agricultural purposes. Agricultural robots perform a wide range of tasks related to farming, such as planting, harvesting, weeding, fertilizing, and monitoring crops. Agricultural robots are equipped with sensors, cameras, and other advanced technologies that enable robots to collect and process data about soil conditions, crop health, and other environmental factors. Modern agricultural robots are capable in performing tasks including weeding and picking efficiently at a higher pace with comparatively less cost in comparison to human counterparts. For instance, ARA a high-precision sprayer developed by Ecorobotix is an agricultural robot mounted on a tractor capable of targeting and spraying weeds precisely. High precision spraying reduces weedicide use by 95 % that lead to reduction in operation cost.
Deployment of agricultural robots in commercial large scale farms is the main driving factor. Growing demand for food with rising population has resulted into deployment of agricultural robots in framing as they offer higher efficiency and cost effectiveness than manual labour. Moreover, ongoing labour shortage is also a major driver for high demand of agricultural robots in farming. For instance, according to a survey by National Farmers’ Union (U.K.) in 2022 the horticulture farmers suffered a loss of USD 71.1 million due to labour shortage. Additionally, 56% respondents reported a fall in production averaging by 19% due to labour shortage. In order to combat labour shortage issues farmers are deploying robots in farming application.
Lack of IT infrastructure is one of the major restraints hindering the large-scale adoption of agriculture robots. Generally, farms are located in remote rural locations that lack basic IT infrastructure such as 5G networks and Wi-Fi. Agricultural robots require low latency and high speed communication technologies in order to function. Therefore, lack of IT infrastructure in remotely located farms is a major restraint. Moreover, lack of technological expertise is also a restraint, deploying robots requires technical expertise in areas such as programming, data analytics, and machine learning. Limited access to education and training in these areas, makes recruiting skilled operators difficult. High upfront cost requirement in agricultural robot’s deployment is another restraint hindering the market growth.
Government’s assistance for developing agricultural and horticulture robots is estimated to provide a lucrative opportunity for agricultural robots market. Governments including U.K., South Korea, Japan, and India among others are investing into agricultural automation in order to combat labour shortage and to ensure self-sustainability. For instance, in 2022 the U.K. government announced a grant of 12.5 million pounds to develop cutting edge automation technology to reduce labour dependence and to enhance productivity.
Agricultural Robot Market Report Coverage:
|Report Attributes||Report Details|
|Market Size in 2030 (USD Billion)||12.6 Billion|
|By Type||Driverless Tractors, Automated Harvest Robots, Material Management Robots, Milking Robots, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVS), And Others (Animal Management And Forest Management)|
|By Application||Soil Management, Irrigation Management, Inventory Management, Harvest Management, Dairy Management, And Others (Field Mapping and Pruning Management)|
|By Geography||North America, Europe, Asia Pacific,
Latin America, Middle East, and Africa
|Key Players||John Deere, Kubota, AGCO Corporation ,Lely industries, Case IH, Trimble Navigation, Kinze Manufacturing, Harvest Automation, Blue River Technology (John Deere), Naio Technologies ,Vision Robotic, Raven Industries, and CHN Industries
By Type: –
According to type the agricultural robot market is divided into driverless tractors, automated harvest robots, material management robots, milking robots, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), and others (animal management and forest management). The milking type robot accounted for largest market share in the year 2022. Commercial dairy farms especially in U.S. and European region extensively deploys milking robots. The use of robots for milking offers various benefits most notable is the drastic reduction in labour cost additionally with milking robots the cleaning and hygiene management becomes more efficient. For instance, Lely Industries (agricultural machine manufacturer) offers a milking robot named Lely Astronaut A4 that feature inbuilt Milk Quality Control (MQC) system capable of indicating mastitis, fat and protein content, and lactose levels. Milking robots are effective in automating the milking process and at the same time milking robots also make milking process more hygienic and safer.
Furthermore, the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS) segment is expected to showcase substantial market growth over the forecasted period. Rising adoption of agricultural drone in farming for functions including precession faming, aerial spraying, and crop monitoring are projected to propel the demand for UAVS robots (drones) in forthcoming years. For instance, DJI PHANTOM SERIES developed by DJI offers multiple crop monitoring drones.
By application the agricultural robot market is segmented into soil management, irrigation management, inventory management, harvest management, dairy management, and others. The dairy management segment accounted for largest market share in the year 2022. In dairy management robots have crucial functions in milking, livestock comfort, livestock- hygiene, and cattle management. Commercial large scale dairy farms extensively deploy robots for dairy management as robots efficiently automatize and streamline the process. For instance, Lely Industries offers multiple robots for dairy management.
Furthermore, the harvest management application is expected to showcase substantial market growth over the forecasted period. Rising labour shortages across the globe particularly in agriculture sector is projected to be the main propeller for demand of agricultural robots in harvest management in forthcoming years.
The regional segment is divided into Asia-pacific, Europe, North America, South America, and Middle East & Africa. The North America region accounted for largest market share in the year 2022. U.S. is world second largest milk producing country with majority of its milk coming from organized large scale dairy farms. Moreover, U.S. is also the third largest food producing nation with majority of farms being commercial owned by businesses. Commercialization of agricultural sector in U.S. is the main factor fueling the demand of agricultural robots in North America region. For instance, according to SAGE Publications, the average farm size in U.S. was 221.6 hectare on the other hand the global average is only 7.3 hectare.
Furthermore, the Asia pacific region is expected to showcase substantial market growth over the forecasted period. Monitory assistance from governments in countries such as India, South Korea and Japan to strengthen agriculture sector is estimated to fuel the demand for agriculture robots in forthcoming years. For instance, on 13 December 2022 government of India announced financial aid under cooperative societies of farmers, FPOs and rural entrepreneurs. The aid provided is equal to 40% of the cost of the drone, with a maximum limit of USD 5000. Aim of this scheme is to increase the drones reach to small scale farmers.
Agricultural Robot Market Competitive Landscape:
The competitive landscape of the Agricultural Robot industry comprises detailed profiling of key market players operating in this market. Major companies been analyzed. It was found that Key players are leading the market through their investments in R&D with product innovation. Furthermore, this report contains company overviews, production capacity, SWOT analysis, financial data, revenues, market potential, global presence, production sites, with product application.
Following are some of the major players in this market:-
Blue River Technology (John Deere)
- December 2022 Naïo Technologies raised USD 33 million Led by Mirova (asset Management Company).
- 2021 CNH Industries announced the acquisition of Raven Industries, in order to enhance precision agriculture capabilities and scale.
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