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According to the study published by Astute Analytica, the Global Harvesting Robot Market is estimated to witness a rise in revenue from US$ 591.1 Mn in 2021 to US$ 3,293.8 Mn by 2030. The market is registering a CAGR of 21.2% during the forecast period 2022-2030. The UN predicts that the world population will rise from 7.3 billion today to 9.7 billion in 2050. Therefore, there is a strong need for increased automation and robotization in the farming industry to meet growing demands and compensate for labor shortages. Humans have varying operational quality whereas harvesting robots can work consistently with no individual or temporal differences. Furthermore, harvesting robots can inspect the crop to detect diseases and monitor crop development, allowing for more efficient farm management and optimizing the food-production chain.
The market is majorly driven by factors such as growing demand for food security and gradually increasing awareness of smart agriculture. According to the researchers at the University of Bonn, the global food production could fall by over 20% by 2050, and the population will rise to 9.8 billion by 2050, so they advocate responsible use and support of harvesting robots. Furthermore, smart farming is an emerging concept that refers to managing farms using modern Information and communication technologies to increase the quantity and quality of products while optimizing the human labor required. Therefore, with the gradual increase in the awareness of smart agriculture, the demand for harvesting robot is increasing across the globe.
Semi-autonomous robot type has the highest share in the Global Harvesting Robot Market in 2021
In terms of robot type, the semi-autonomous segment has the highest market share in 2021 owing to low cost and need for few labor interference. Semi-autonomous technique for harvest primarily focuses on the farmers with small land holdings. However, due to rising labor shortages in the farming sector, fully autonomous (smart/AI) robot type has the fastest CAGR in the Global Harvesting Robot Market during the forecast period.
Fruit harvesting dominates the Global Harvesting Robots Market in 2021
Based on harvesting type, the fruit harvesting segment dominates the Global Harvesting Robot Market in 2021 and is estimated to continue its dominance over the projection period as the demand for fruit harvesting is rising across the globe. Moreover, there is a rise in launch of fruit picking robots/ fruit pickers in the market and increase in number of start-up players for offering robots and machines for fruit farming industry.
Greenhouse agriculture application segment has the fastest CAGR during the forecast period
Outdoor agriculture application holds the highest share in the Global Harvesting Robots Market in 2021, however, the greenhouse agriculture application segment registers the fastest CAGR during the forecast period 2022-2030. Modern techniques of hydroponic, aeroponics and nutrient film techniques are possible only under greenhouse framing and it helps to produce disease free and genetically superior transplants continuously. Moreover, it provides efficient utilization of chemicals and pesticides are used to control pest and diseases. Greenhouses can prevent problems such as pests as well as provide more control against other diseases.
Europe dominates the Global Harvesting Robots Market in 2021
Europe is the highest shareholder region in the Global Harvesting Robots Market in 2021 owing to the rising number of farmers demanding harvesting robots in the region. EU is one of the world's leading producers and exporters of agricultural products. Europe’s farm policy has changed considerably in recent decades to help farmers respond to peoples' changing attitudes and expectations. Furthermore, AI and advanced robotics are opening new horizons in agriculture sector in Europe.
Impact of COVID-19 on Harvesting Robot Market
The outbreak of COVID-19 greatly affected the agriculture sector, labor scarcity was reported during the pandemic, which resulted in low agricultural output. Farmers have faced an increasingly high level of stress during the COVID-19 pandemic due to destroyed crops, a stockpile of crops, and disruption in the supply chain. Supply chain disruptions directly resulted in economic losses for farmers and increased food prices for consumers. Despite the government’s efforts to minimize the disruptions in the food supply chain, the survey results indicate that farmers still suffered economic losses. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more farmers and low-income consumers become highly vulnerable due to agricultural income losses and declining cash income. Thus, COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the market growth, as major players in the market reported a slight decline in their sales of harvesting robots.
Segmentation Overview of Global Harvesting Robot Market
The following are the different segments of the Global Harvesting Robot Market:
By Robot Type segment of the Global Harvesting Robot Market is sub-segmented into:
By Harvesting Type segment of the Global Harvesting Robot Market is sub-segmented into:
By Application segment of the Global Harvesting Robot Market is sub-segmented into:
By Vegetable Harvesting Application segment of the Global Harvesting Robot Market is sub-segmented into:
By Region segment of the Global Harvesting Robot Market is sub-segmented into:
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