29 Jun 2020

Easing horticulture labour shortages with robots

From Nine To Noon, 9:35 am on 29 June 2020

The widespread shortage of horticultural labour throughout the regions could be eased in future by fruit picking robots and automonous vehicles to spray crops. Tauranga based Robotics Plus co-founder Steve Saunders has gone from being a grower to leading the global agri-tech company. The company is working on a range solutions that could be applied to ease the issue of crops rotting because of the lack of seasonal labour - particularly relevant during the COVID-19 restrictions.Asparagus harvesting, apple sorting and packing and picking a variety of fruit could in future be harvested by robotics machines.