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U.K. Farmers to Test Fruit-Picking Robots Amid Labor Shortage

  • New consortium aims to deploy robots onto farms next year
  • Coronavirus, Brexit exposing migrant farm labor shortages

U.K. farmers are speeding up efforts to deploy robots onto their fields as the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit expose a lack of available people needed to pick fruit and vegetables.

A newly formed consortium, backed by fresh-food suppliers, will trial robotics on farms this season. It aims to manufacture the technology and roll it out next year, according to the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre, one of the coordinators of the project.