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Lack of legal framework ‘slowing ag robotics innovation in the EU’

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A new Robotics Report published by Agro Innovation Lab (AIL) concludes that agricultural robots are now technically so advanced that they could soon see increased use in agriculture.

However, innovations and their market launch in this field face failure due to the lack of a legal framework. The authors therefore urge lawmakers to create the appropriate conditions as quickly as possible.

According to estimates, the agri-robotics market will grow by 40 per cent by 2025 and will have a lasting impact on the agricultural sector. In the future, agricultural robots could assist humans in performing physically demanding tasks, such as harvesting asparagus, and help to solve the growing problem posed by a shortage of labour in agriculture. Robots could also be used in organic and conventional farming alike to mechanically combat weeds and mildew – one of the most common blights to befall cucumbers and strawberries.

The report also classifies 100 robotics companies from around the world in terms of their current maturity level.

 

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