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Tech Farming: Robot ‘Duck’ To Keep Fields Clear Of Weeds

For centuries, using ducks as a natural alternative to pesticides have been a trick used by rice farmers in Asia. To help farmers lessen the exercise of herbicide and pesticide on their rice crops, the robot duck is about the size of a large robot vacuum cleaner and weighs just 1.5 kgs. An engineer working for Japanese carmaker Nissan has built a robot as a low-tech solution into a sustainable one to help farmers. This robot duck can be used to watch the fields and will help oxygenate the water with its rubber brushes at the base of its feet As reported Robot ‘Duck’ is currently under test regarding his prototype in the Yamagata Prefecture in northeastern Japan. Since robots do not get tired, this robot will mimic the natural use of ducks and while paddling around in flooded paddy fields, ducks it will tear up weeds and snack on insects, with their manure acting as additional fertilizer. Unfortunately, there are no English subtitles to completely explain what we are seeing but you can have a look at the video online:

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