At around 11:54 pm on June 7, 2019, one video released on Nissan Motor’s official Twitter account is attracting attention as “cute”.
This is Aiga Morobo, which was born from volunteer activities by Nissan engineers.
It looks like a robot vacuum cleaner, has two black eye-like holes in its white housing, and is now so popular that it spreads (retweets) at a rate approaching 8,000 retweets.
Aigamo farming method
Currently, rice planting is at its peak in the Kanto area, but there is a “Aigamo farming method” as one of the farming methods for growing rice without pesticides.
It is a simple farming method in which weeds and pests are exterminated by simply releasing multiple ducks into the rice fields.
The “Duck Morobo” developed by Nissan engineers can serve as a substitute for these ducks.
Aigamorobo is a mechanism that inhibits photosynthesis and suppresses the growth of algae and weeds by making the water turbid while running on the surface of the rice field, but it does not have the function of exterminating pests.
It is programmed so that the GPS installed in the Aiga Morobo and the Wi-Fi installed in the rice fields are linked so that the rice fields can be patrolled evenly and automatically.
The introduction cost is the same as that of the Aigamo farming method.
Problems with Aigamo farming
The duck farming method is a pesticide-free farming method that releases ducks into the rice fields. Rice grows with the ducks, but by the time the rice grows, the ducks may eat the fruits of the rice and are pulled up from the rice fields.
Since it is legally regulated that the pulled ducks are released naturally, it is necessary for the farmers to process them into meat or dismantle them at the slaughterhouse, but if there are many released ducks, the farmers may not be able to consume them. It is a problem.