— Latest update: May 2022 —
Japan has a shrinking agricultural sector, marked by workforce and skills shortages due to the lack of young people becoming farmers. The country is also facing growing concerns regarding water shortages. In this perspective, the Japanese government and researchers are investing in agricultural technology as a way to increase productivity, improve quality and availability, lower costs, and use less resources. The solutions range from robot tractors and water management system operated by smartphones to indoor agriculture techniques.
Even tough nowadays, smart agriculture represents only a small portion of farm output, it is considered to be a growing sector, since it provides solutions to the issues that Japanese’s agriculture is facing. In a decade, it is estimated to become a normal form of agriculture which makes it a market to keep an eye on.
The Japan Times, Japanese farmers turn to technology to overcome pandemic and aging, 2021
Open Access Government, Current efforts to realize smart agriculture in Japan, 2020
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