Growth on display at Agri World trade fair, Tokyo

Combine Jyohana 05a9119cvModern Japanese farming of rice in a paddy field in Nanto, Toyama, Japan. (Image source: ISAKA Yoji/commons)The trade fair hosted the next generations of technologies such as plant factories, automation and IT systems at the show in Tokyo which was hosted 12-14 October 2016

With the global population set to surpass nine billion people by 2050, the forecasts for the 'agri-tech' market is set for extensive and rapid growth internationally over the next decades. The United Nations World Food Programme experts have estimated that agricultural production needs to double, so the sector, across the globe, must be prepared.

Agri World, Japan's leading agricultural industry trade show, comprises of two specialised exhibitions, AGRITECH JAPAN and AGRI NEXT. The show attracted a vast amount of agricultural industry professionals from across Japan and Asia who are looking for suppliers. The show had a focus on expanding business and taking advantage of the worlds continuing investment, at present and in the future, to build their clientele.

One key point to take away from Agri World is that, according the UN figures, the average age of agricultural farmers is increasing. In most developed countries, it is 60 years old whilst in Japan it is currently at 67. This is therefore putting much more of a stress on automation and labour saving technology. This could also have added benefits of lowering labour costs and optimising efficient farming.

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