|4 February 2016|

A Japanese farm will be the first in the world to be almost exclusively operated by robots when it opens next year.

The innovative venture from Japanese firm Spread will see its Vegetable Factory in Kyoto have a fully automated process capable of producing around 30,000 heads of lettuce per day.

JJ Price, Spread’s global marketing manager, said: “The seeds will still be planted by humans, but every other step, from the transplanting of young seedlings to larger spaces as they grow to harvesting the lettuces, will be done automatically.”

It is another step for the rapidly growing robotics industry and positions Japan at the forefront of the industry.