Construction is under way at Japan’s Kansai Science City on a farm that will be able to produce 30,000 head of lettuce every day, and will be entirely run by automated systems.
The client for the project is Spread, a Japanese industrial farming company. It already has a factory on the Kyoto site, called Kameoka, which produces 21,000 lettuce a day. Eventually, the firm hopes to produce as many as 500,000.
The company uses "vertical farming" and relies on robots for most tasks, with humans planting seeds overseeing the process.
The move to a fully automated system would halve personnel costs and cut energy spending by a third.
Spread say the new 4,400 square metre farm will use precise control over environment and nutrition to grow crops 2.5 times quicker than traditional farming.
Work on the "robofarm" is expected to be completed in 2017, with crops distributed in the second half of the year.
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