Fruit-picking robot could replace European seasonal workers as shortage caused by Brexit looms

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Fruit-picking robot could replace European seasonal workers as shortage caused by Brexit looms



A FRUIT-picking robot that could replace human pickers has been developed.
The 5ft 9in machine can collect 25,000 raspberries a day, while humans picks 15,000 over eight hours.
AFP – Getty The introduction of fruit picking robots could leave thousands of workers without jobs
Fieldwork Robotics have trialled the 1.8 metre tall robot in the UK with a video showing the whole harvesting process taking about ten seconds per berry.
The robot, which cost £700,000 to develop, is currently being trialled.
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The robots are set to tackle the problems within the farming industry, as they battle rising labour costs and shortages of seasonal workers because of Brexit.
The British Summer Fruits body said growers were 30 per cent short of pickers last summer.
The National Farmers’ Union has recorded more than 6,000 unfilled vacancies on farms so far this year.
Getty The robots are able to pluck more than 25,000 raspberries per day while human workers manage around 15,000 in an eight-hour shift
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