It does not take many years, and technology takes farmers out of the land.
Australia’s Charles Sturt University (CSU) has announced plans to create a “hands-free” smart farm where robots will do all the work. There is no need for human labor.
The challenge is that most of the food we eat comes from farms, and as the population grows, the amount of food we need to eat increases. However, there is a lot of work to be done around the farm and many farmers have difficulty finding people for these tasks. Labor shortages are a persistent problem in the economies of the developed world.
The idea is that robots and artificial intelligence can help eliminate labor shortages by taking on the jobs that people used to do. Technology can help farmers improve their operations, allowing them to produce as much food as possible on their land.
“It will not be many years and technology will take farmers off the ground and immerse them in the world of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence” – expect Richard Norton, CEO of the Agility Nutrition Research Center.
The development of the smart farm is showing how these technologies can help farmers. CSU and Food Agility worked together to create the Global Digital Farm (GDF). The smart farm will be built on CSU’s Wagga Wagga campus and will include autonomous tractors, combines and other farming robots, as well as AI software to help manage farms and more.
GDF is not only meant to show what a smart farm could look like. CSU and Food Agility want to use it to teach Australian farmers how to take advantage of the technology provided.
“This ambitious and unique project will equip the Australian workforce with knowledge and technology in key areas such as data analysis, GIS mapping, remote sensing, machine learning and cybersecurity,” said Niall Blair, CSU Professor of Sustainable Food Production.