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The future of agriculture will be created by agri-tech. Unicorn companies in the world and startup support in Japan.

Agri-tech is expected to be a solution to issues related to food and agriculture, such as food problems caused by the world's population growth and the shortage of labor for Japan's agricultural industry. It is a field that is expected to grow significantly in both Japan and the rest of the world in the future. In this article, we will introduce the state of agri-tech in Japan and around the world, as well as the government's support for agri-tech.
Table of Contents
What is AgriTech?
What is Japan's version of agri-tech "smart agriculture"?
The State of Agri-Tech in Japan
Keep an eye on Agritech!

What is AgriTech?

Agritech is a new word that combines the words "Agriculture" and "Technology. Until nowTo improve the efficiency of agriculture by utilizing technology in operations, production management, and distribution processes that used to be done manually.refers to

By utilizing agri-tech, it is expected that greater returns can be achieved with fewer resources than ever before, such as manpower, land, and time.

Specifically, it is expected to help alleviate labor shortages, pass on know-how to successors, urban-style farming with less land, and reform the work styles of farmers.

As many types of agritech as there are technologies

Typical examples of technologies used in agri-tech areUse of technologies such as IoT, AI, drones and robotsThese include robots that learn when to harvest crops in the field. These include robots that learn when to harvest crops in the field and harvest them, AI systems that monitor the amount of sunlight and moisture in crops and supply fertilizer and water at the optimal time, management systems that can remotely check the breed, date of birth, physical condition, medical history, and other individual information and conditions of cattle raised using smartphones and tablets, and plant factories that grow vertically and plant a large number of crops on a small amount of land. Plant factories that grow vertically and plant a large number of crops on a small amount of land have already been put to practical use.

The types of agri-tech will expand as much as the number of technologies that go into the 00, as in "agriculture x 00.

Some unicorn companies have been born around the world

U.S. startup companiesIndigo Agriculture joins the ranks of unicorn companies with AgriTechIndigo Culture, Inc. Indigo Culture has developed technology to increase production efficiency by attaching microorganisms to crop seeds that make them easier to grow, and also provides services to systematize the sale and distribution of produce.

The amount of investment from investors is reflected in the expectation that this will be a solution to the food utilization problem expected to be caused by the increase in the world's population.

Agritech in Asia

In Indonesia, a major agricultural country A startup company called Limakilo has developed a platform that directly connects producers and retailers.The company has been working to develop a new business model for the Indonesian agriculture industry. Until now, Indonesian agriculture has been structured in such a way that farmers do not receive sufficient profits due to the exploitation of middlemen's commissions.

However, the company's platform eliminates unnecessary fees for farmers and improves their working environment and standard of living.

Myanmar. BioCarbon Engineering also has a presence as a forestry agri-tech startupThe company has developed a technology to plant trees by drone. The company has developed a drone-based tree-planting technology. The drone surveys and analyzes the topography and geology, finds land suitable for tree planting, and then launches seed pods from the drone to plant trees.

It is estimated that 100,000 trees can be planted per day with this technology. This allows the time that would otherwise be spent planting trees to be spent caring for the trees that are already growing, thereby increasing productivity.

What is Japan's version of agri-tech "Smart Agriculture"?

Smart Agriculture" is a policy to support agri-tech under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.The company is a leading provider of support for the development and implementation of advanced technologies such as AI, IoT, and robotics, which are referred to as smart technologies, in agriculture.

Subsidies to support startups are also available.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries isSubsidy for the cost of introducing agri-tech, called the "Subsidy for Smart Agriculture Comprehensive Promotion Measures ProjectWe are engaged in the following projects. The "Project to Study Measures to Ensure Safety of Robot Technology" to utilize self-propelled robot farm machines, the "Data-driven Soil Preparation Promotion Project" to improve production by utilizing soil survey and analysis data, and the "Smart Green House Pioneering Project" to support greenhouse gardening using smart technology are available. The "Smart Green House Pioneering Project" supports greenhouse horticulture using smart technology.

andA policy called "Comprehensive Support for Startups" is also available for startups that develop new technologies and services in the fields of food, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.The program is designed to provide support from research and development to commercialization. This policy provides support from research and development to commercialization.

Supporting Matching for Smart Agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries isMatching support for smart agriculture named "Smart Agriculture New Service Creation" PlatformThe "MISHOP" is a place for companies and individuals involved in production, research, and commercialization in a variety of fields, including not only agriculture and food, but also electronics and machinery manufacturing, and chemical industry. In order to promote open innovation through collaboration between industry, academia, and government, we have organized the "Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Council for the Accumulation and Utilization of 'Knowledge'" as a venue for matching companies and individuals involved in production, research, and commercialization in various fields, including not only agriculture and food, but also electrical appliance and machinery manufacturing, and chemical industry.

Local governments also support smart agriculture

Local governments offering unique support for smart agricultureThere are also The purpose is to develop solutions that are more responsive to local characteristics and issues. It may be a good idea to check the home page of the municipality you are interested in to see if you can accompany them.

The State of Agri-Tech in Japan

According to one marketing research organization, the size of the Japanese agri-tech market in 2018 is estimated to be about 70 billion yen. Currently, most of the companies participating in agri-tech are still large companies, butNational policies and global trends indicate that more and more startups will enter the market in the futureThe company has been

Market Size Forecast

It is estimated that the Japanese agri-tech market will surpass 100 billion yen by 2030. This is expected to be a 53.9% increase over 2018. It is also expected to grow in Japan in the future.Development of agricultural drones, introduction of DX, and integration with bioengineering will further revitalize the agri-tech marketThe company will be doing so.

Reasons for expected growth

One of the social reasons for the expected growth of agri-tech in Japan is the long-standing challenges of an aging agricultural workforce, a lack of successors, and low food self-sufficiency. Agri-tech is expected to be a solution to these issues.

Plenty of room left for startups and investors to take advantage of potential business opportunities.This may be the case.

Keep an eye on Agritech.

So far, we have introduced the agri-tech situation in the world and Japan, and government support for agri-tech. In the world, there is also the trend of SDGsAgri-tech companies are a major influence.It is becoming a

Although Japan is still lagging behind, the market is expected to grow with the support of the government. Let's keep an eye on the agri-tech market and keep a close watch on its trend.

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