Are Robots The Future Of Farming?

The Hands Free Hectare system in action

Robots can pick fruit, harvest fields and pull farming out of its labour crisis, Nicole Kobie discovers

The robot trundles between rows of plants, assessing the berries on the stems. Depending on the time of year, it could be spraying or applying UV light against pests, snapping images of fruit to track its growth or — one day soon — choosing which berry to delicately harvest.

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