The lack of generational relief and the difficulty of finding labour are some of the problems facing the agricultural world. To combat it, new technologies also reach agriculture with the aim of facilitating the process from planting to harvesting.
The new machine that begins to be installed in the field, controlled by computer, facilitates the work and ends up reducing costs, affecting the final price paid by the consumer. It is the example of a new machine that has come to Yecla. By tracing the perimeter of a farm and collecting the coordinates by GPS, this machine is able to perform the millimeter-shaped olive plantation process, saving the data so that later, when the harvest is ready, another machine with geolocalizer can collect the fruits.
Pascual Molina, president of the Yecla PDO and farmer, is one of the first entrepreneurs to join the mechanization of the agrarian process.
Claims that cuts in a third of the labor required to carry out the planting oliveras, going of sixteen individuals if it were done manually, to the four that you need to using new technology: “ten years Ago it was unthinkable that the farmer could include machinery such as this in the agricultural process. In an eight-hour day we can grow 5,000 specimens, ” he says.
The mechanization of Agriculture is motivated by the lack of generational replacement and the need to gain competitiveness in the markets.
The agricultural sector is in a constant price battle, as it needs to lower costs to make production profitable: ‘if production costs are not lowered it would be impossible to compete’.
Vines, olive trees and almonds are the main varieties that thanks to the new agricultural machinery will gain profitability by making the planting and harvesting process cheaper and faster.