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Robotic harvesting proves cost-effective in Fieldwork Robotics’ trials

In the UK, the need for automating the delicate harvesting of soft fruits is starting to become more acute. Fieldwork Robotics has developed a robotic raspberry harvester, and the company is running trials with selected growers on a harvesting as a service basis.

Rui Andres, CEO of Fieldwork Robotics, presented at the REAP 2021 Start-Up Showcase. He says quality and cost per kilo of fruit picked are the most important factors when harvesting raspberries, rather than speed alone.

“We are aiming to complement the human workforce with a robot harvester that will operate for longer hours. This will free staff for quality control and other skilled jobs and create the opportunity to use more of the crop for other products.”

The company is on track to deliver an automated harvester that will be available to harvest on a pay-per-kilo basis and is currently fundraising to speed its development.


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