Smart Agriculture on the Rise
Yano Research Institute (the President, Takashi Mizukoshi) has carried out a survey on the smart agriculture market in Japan, and found out the market size, the trends by market players, and the future outlook.
The smart agriculture market in Japan was valued at 18,007 million yen for FY2019, and is projected to reach 20,328 million yen for FY2020. Between FY2017 and FY2019, the market growth was led by the cultivation support solution such as cloud service for agriculture, complex environmental control system, and production support solution for dairy farming/animal husbandry. From FY2019, agrochemical spraying using drones and agricultural robotic vehicles are becoming increasingly popular.
Pervasion of Agrochemical Spraying Using Drones
Driven by the development of agrochemicals suited to spray using drones, use of agricultural drones for agrochemical spraying has been widely adopted by large-scale paddy rice farmers from FY2019, and it is assumed to vegetable farmers and fruit tree farmers will follow hereafter. The use of drones is also expected to extend to other process like fertilizing and seeding. As to the use of drones for remote sensing, since proving tests by the market players are still ongoing, implementation in full-scale is likely to be after 2022.
The market of smart agriculture in Japan is projected to grow to 50,100 million yen by FY2026.
As the agricultural data collaboration platform (WAGRI) was launched in April 2019, all kinds of data sharing regarding smart agriculture have begun. Further commoditization and alliance of data is likely to go forward as an implementation of open API for agriculture starts in FY2021. Moreover, it is expected that the advancements in telecommunication technology (5G, private 5G) will drive expansion of agricultural robotic vehicles.
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