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Embracing the Future: Robotti, the Autonomous Farming Revolution

3 June 2024

Embracing the Future: Robotti, the Autonomous Farming Revolution | Agtech Hub

Vee Jay’s Kalfresh, a major North Queensland vegetable grower, recently unveiled its foray into the realm of robotics at the Bowen field day. The star of the show? Robotti, an autonomous farm vehicle that promises to revolutionize traditional farming practices.

More than 40 eager attendees gathered to witness firsthand the cutting-edge technology that is reshaping the landscape of modern agriculture. Against the backdrop of sprawling fields, Vee Jay’s Kalfresh showcased Robotti’s prowess in a live demonstration.

Robotti represents a significant leap forward in farm automation. Developed for horticulture, particularly sweet corn and beans, this autonomous farming system boasts a range of interchangeable attachments that can seamlessly transition between tasks. Whether it’s tilling soil, sowing seeds, or combating weeds with precision inter-row spraying, Robotti proves to be a versatile ally for any farmer in our region.

During the event, guests were treated to more than just a visual spectacle. The Robotti team provided invaluable insights into the technology, offering a glimpse into its cost-effectiveness, benefits, and the challenges encountered along the way. Attendees also had the unique opportunity to engage in a hands-on experience, further deepening their understanding of this groundbreaking innovation.

One of the standout moments of the demonstration was witnessing Robotti autonomously plant a sprawling 1.7-hectare paddock of organic sweet corn—a feat that underscored its potential to streamline farming operations and enhance productivity.

Behind this pioneering initiative lies a collaborative effort that spans government, industry, and business sectors. With support from entities such as the Queensland Government, Hort Innovation, and the Australian Government, alongside contributions from key players like the Bowen Gumlu Growers Association and Ausveg, the project has received the backing needed to propel it forward.

In a statement, the Bowen Gumlu Growers Association expressed pride in its role within the project, emphasizing the potential of advanced agricultural technology to drive productivity and sustainability within the industry.

“This technology holds great promise in enhancing productivity and sustainability within the industry,” the association remarked. “We eagerly anticipate future collaborations that will continue to shape the future of farming in Australia.”

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