A Wokingham farm is set to become one of the first farms to trial new fruit picking robots developed by the University of Portsmouth’s Fieldwork Robotics.
The farm will be followed by several sites across Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex ran by the Hunter Hall Partnership (HHP) which grows over 14,000 strawberries for clients such as Waitrose and Tesco.
Lecturer in robotics Dr Martin Stoelen will lead the collaboration which will see technology tested in areas such as polytunnels and fields, as well as different light and weather conditions.
Hall Hunter Partnership chief operating officer David Green, said: “HHP has always led the soft fruit industry in pushing forward productivity and quality standards on our farms and nurseries. This partnership with Fieldwork Robotics is an exciting new development to pioneer the harvesting of raspberries robotically at a commercial scale, we are looking forward to our first human-free hectare to be picked together.”