La Libertad, Peru

Researchers develop a robot to improve the blueberry harvest

La Libertad is one of the regions that produces and exports the most blueberries in Peru. Even its good performance helped offset the drop in other products such as gold, fishmeal, avocado and asparagus during the first four months of the year, according to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism.

However, the producers of this acidic fruit highly valued in the world are facing a big problem: determine the exact moment in which the massive harvest of blueberries should begin. Errors in projections cause many economic losses to agro-industries.

Given this, the Labinm Robotics team of researchers from the Antenor Orrego Private University (UPAO) is developing a robot prototype that allows taking a sample of the blueberry clusters and, through algorithms and artificial intelligence, knowing the moment in which the fruit must be harvested en masse.


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