Using Smart Assist to monitor the operation
of agricultural equipment and improve productivity
with efficient farm management
VISION03 A Society Where People Can Enjoy Safe and Plentiful Food
Ensuring delicious, safe, and nutritious food, anywhere in the world, at any time. Everyone can live a healthier life.
Our Products, Services and Support for VISION 03
We support the entire food value chain from farm management planning to soil improvements, raising seedlings, transplanting,
harvesting, and securing sales routes; this is the shift to a food value chain with agriculture as an attractive industry.
Social challenges to be solved related to VISION 03
Contributing Through Business
YANMAR AGRIBUSINESS CO., LTD.
Using Smart Assist to monitor the operation
Thailand, a major agricultural nation in Southeast Asia is one of the largest rice exporting countries in the world with high expectation for production increase given rising demand. However, the high ratio of family-run farms in Thailand rises the issues with efficient farm management, such as seamless communication between owners and workers. The situation calls for productivity growth via information and communication technology (ICT) and mechanization.
Yanmar Agribusiness offers farmland management solutions and machine management via Smart Assist which utilizes the IoT for Thai customers since 2017. This system uses a version of the Smart Assist service that went on sale in Japan in 2013, revised for local specifications. The system connects equipment featuring GPS antennas and communication terminals with Yanmar servers over a network, allowing for integrated control from smartphones and PCs.
The system remotely monitors equipment operating status 24/7 to prevent problems such as theft and malfunctions, and also notifies the timing for replacing parts.
The system has an automatic area measurement function that work via land setting, allowing real-time confirmation of farming progress on a map as well as data collecting of track histories.
In Thailand, farm owners rarely visit their farmland since they hire workers on contracts. However, Smart Assist allows owners to check the real-time work status remotely and to give instructions to workers at the right times, which helps to improve the efficiency.
Furthermore, it gives accurate data on the area and time worked on that day, ensuring easier compensation. On top of that, the system can diagnose trouble with equipment that helps owners order maintenance parts in advance, which has major benefits to secure income reducing downtime due to malfunction.
There are currently about 1,000 Smart Assist contracts active in Thailand (450 tractors and 550 combine harvesters), and about 10,000 contracts in Southeast Asia (2,000 tractors and 8,000 combine harvesters), but we are still in the promoting phase. Given that, we are using website utilization rates and farmland registration entries as an indicator for farmer productivity growth. In the future, we will set indicators for evaluation of machinery operations and maintenance management. We will also promote YT tractors and YH combines come equipped with the system and market in western Asia, Latin America and Africa.
YANMAR HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
Supporting a shift from catching to cultivating
by developing sustainable Pacific oyster aquafarming technology
and creating the regional brand, Kunisaki Oysters
In Kunisaki, Oita, which is the region depending on swordfish fishery, the volume of catches and the number of fishermen have been serious decline recently. Furthermore, the global demand for seafood has been growing, such as the consumption has increased fivefold in the past 50 years*. Under these circumstances, it is a major challenge to ensure a sustainable marine environment including preserving the ecosystem and purifying seawater.
- *Fisheries Agency, "FY2016 White Paper on Fisheries" (2017)
Based on a plan to utilize a vacant aquaculture site, Yanmar Group collaborates with Kunisaki City and the fisheries cooperative to develop sustainable Pacific oyster aquafarming technology. In addition, the Group has also been contributing to developing advanced fisheries in the region by creating the Kunisaki Oysters brand and encouraging a shift from catching to cultivating.
In addition to engaging in the development and sales of fishery-related equipment, Yanmar Group has spent almost ten years to develop artificial seedling production and juvenile rearing technology for bivalves such as clams and oysters. Recently, in the search for a method to cultivate the Pacific oysters in the coast area around Kunisaki, we have adopted the single-seed method, in which juvenile shellfish cultivated on shore are placed in cages to avoid extraneous substances. Additionally, using the tide and deep method of our own production technology, we have succeeded in cultivating quality oysters by cultivating them efficiently onshore and offshore according to their growth. This allows the aquafarming industry to be sustainable because of its minimal environmental impact on the marine cultivation area.
After the oysters are harvested, our unique sanitation program enables thorough safety management to eliminate contamination with norovirus. With the assessment and cooperation of prominent chefs from Japan, we provide dishes that maximize the appeal of raw Pacific oysters, delivering safe and delicious Kunisaki Oysters to Japan and the world.
Yanmar Group collaborates with local governments and organizations throughout Japan to provide products and services that contribute to developing vibrant local communities and solving social challenges. Our bivalve aquafarming business, in which we engage by supporting the shift from catching to cultivating, allows us to contribute to an increase in fishery revenue through low costs and stable production, as well as to ecosystem conservation through a method with minimal environmental impact on cultivation areas. To date, we have expanded our initiatives to various regions of Japan, including a pilot program geared at reviving clam resources in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, and clam business operations in Uwajima, Ehime.