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Robots, data sow seeds of Asia's future

Agritech addressing challenges across development spectrum

Agribuddy’s mobile platform helps farmers in emerging countries to maximize earnings.

TOKYO -- Weak or strong, old-hand or complete novice, Asian farmers have a hard time. But the use of robotics and data analytics is addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing agriculture in the region -- from ageing Japan's labor shortage to data-sparse emerging economies in Southeast Asia.

This week's Agritech Summit in Tokyo, a three-day startup event organized by Nikkei Inc., saw some of the burgeoning sector's most prominent figures share their insights.

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