Fruit picking robots are machines deployed to pick ripe fruits from plants. Fruit picking robots are also used for carrying out field surveys to determine the location of plants along with the number, size, and position of the fruit on these plants. These machines devise a picking plan after mapping the fruit-bearing plants.
Factors Driving the Growth of Global Fruit Picking Robots Market
Increasing population, shortage of labors, and rising requirement for high productivity from existing farm areas are the major factors fueling the growth of the fruit picking robots market. Additionally, the introduction of new technologies in the agricultural sector is also expected to drive the demand for fruit picking robots market during the forecast period. This growth is primarily driven by growth in agriculture sector and increasing demand for fruits, owing to rise in population.
Global Fruit Picking Robots Market: Global Trends
Technological advancements allow the key players in the market to improve their products and expand their offerings to the agriculture-based companies to gain a competitive advantage. Some of these major advancements are related to the field of sensors, which has led to a huge reduction in the cost of fruit picking robots. Scientists are trying to enhance the adaptive and intelligent capabilities of sensors that is used in the robotic fruit pickers, so that these robotic fruit pickers can efficiently perform predetermined functions and gather environmental data regarding parameters such as temperature, depth, and salinity of the soil.
Global Fruit Picking Robots Market: Regional Insight
On the basis of region, the global fruit picking robots market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The North American fruit picking robots market held the highest market share in 2020. The major factors driving the market in North America include shortage of labor, large scale farming operations, and the need to enhance the agricultural productivity.
Asia Pacific region is estimated to show a significant CAGR in the global fruit picking robots market during the forecast period, owing to the growing agriculture sector in this region. During the COVID-19 pandemic situation, when the workers could not come to work during the lockdown, fruit farms in New Zealand used fruit picking robots to pick kiwi. For instance, Robotics Plus’ fruit picking robots are already being used in the U.S., New Zealand, and Europe. They have been helpful for growers at a time when there was a huge shortage of labour. Robotics Plus offers automated apple-packer, which uses suction to delicately pick up apples from a conveyor, place them in display trays, and orientate them so the side with the best colour faces upwards. It uses a lot of smart vision to recognise the fruit, the style of the trays to use, and to analyse the colour of the apples.
Key Players in Global Fruit Picking Robots Market:
Key players operating in the global fruit picking robots market includes Abundant Robotics, AGROBOT, Dogtooth Technologies, FFRobotics, Harvest CROO Robotics, Ripe Robotics, OCTINION, and others
Global Fruit Picking Robots Market: Taxonomy:
On the basis of type, global fruit picking robots market is segmented into:
- Automatic Fruit Picker
- Semi-Automatic Fruit Picker
On the basis of application, global fruit picking robots market is segmented into:
- Strawberry Picking
- Apple Picking
On the basis of region, global fruit picking robots market is segmented into:
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Middle East & Africa