Waitrose are to use robots to start cultivating wheat fields in a three year trial to help produce bread flour.
A British agritech start up company will provide the new technology to work on a 4,000 acre estate in Hampshire. The aim is to harness the power and precision of AI to improve the way food is produced and minimise the use of chemicals.
Robots are smaller, lighter and more precise than the current farming systems using tractors. Using small robots instead of tractors is thought to deliver greater yield from less input.
Longer term the aim is for robots to improve farming methods as well as food potential.
“The months ahead are going to be challenging for everyone. Great innovation sometimes comes out of complex challenges.”