The horticulture robotics market is primarily composed of start-up companies. A third of those companies have received funding from venture capitalists in the past five years. Robotics are particularly useful in crop inspection, as this process is labor-intensive and time-consuming. Many robotics companies are also involved in the harvesting process. There are both generalist and specialist players in this market. This is according to a horticulture report by Oaklins. Harvest robotics often require crop-specific modifications, as crops vary in shape, size, and growth patterns.
Oaklins predicts a more mature market for horticulture robotics by 2030. Investors will play a significant role in this development.