Speedy Farm Current State: 5 Farms Total/1,860 tsubo = 0.61 hectares (ha)
Speedy Farm Current State
Currently, we have secured 5 farms, with a total area of 1,860 tsubo = 0.61 hectares (ha). While it is only 1/3 of our goal at the beginning of the year which was 2 ha, I’d say it’s good progress in just 4 months since we started in March 2021.
[1st] 580 tsubo: Ozatonakama, Nanjo
[2nd] 250 tsubo: Ozatonakama, Nanjo
[3rd] 60 tsubo: Ozatonakama, Nanjo
[4th] 600 tsubo: Tamagusukukakinohana, Nanjo
[5th] 370 tsubo: Tamagusukukakinohana, Nanjo
Farms need to be scaled up to be profitable.
As the business structure is very basic, we need to lower the ratio of fixed costs to increase the profit margin. So, the larger the scale of the farm, the higher the profit margin. If possible, flat and wide farmlands would be desirable over the disconnected pieces of land as outlined above, but it’s difficult due to Japan’s terrain.
For reference, the cultivated acreage per farmhouse in various countries are as follows
Australia: 4,200 ha
USA: 180 ha
Israel: 100 ha *estimate
UK: 90 ha
France: 61 ha
Japan: 3 ha
As you can see, Japan’s cultivated acreage ratio is laughable. Japan has too many farmers compared to other (developed) nations but has low cultivated acreage per farmhouse, making our prices uncompetitive on the global market.
As farmers grow older, we believe more and more cultivated land will become abandoned, giving way to newcomers to scale up.
We must start thinking about agriculture as not simply a gardening hobby but a full-fledged IT business.
Anyways, as we continue to accumulate new farmland, we are also slowly getting used to clearing the land for crops.
First, we use a giant excavator to till the land. Then, we measure the pH of the soil and spread organic compost to increase its fertility.
Next, we secure a water supply. We dig 3m into the ground to build a natural well. It will fill up with water in several weeks. After that, we set up the drip irrigation system (an irrigation system that minimizes water and fertilizer consumption by feeding water and liquid fertilizer directly and gradually to the surface of the soil and around the root zones using tubes).
As Japan has 4 seasons, crop growth slows down during the dry season, which limits the total harvest. Drip irrigation is only used by a mere 2% of farmers in Japan. For reference, 74% of farmers in the UK and 99% of farmers in Israel use it.
With a network of drip irrigation tubes, it allows us to connect them up to IoT sensors and AI to ensure excellent harvests. That’s how important drip irrigation is.
Additionally, we will enclose the area with electric fences and set up HD cameras around each farm to prevent theft. This way, we can check the crops’ growth 24/7. In the unlikely event of theft, we can use the HD video saved on the cloud for investigations.
Right now, we are planting the crops like this. I would like to get robotics and post harvest technology (technology that enables us to keep the crops fresh and transport them immediately) before the harvest.