Robotics Coming to the Aid of New Zealand’s Asparagus Industry
New Zealand’s Waikato University is working on robotic technology that may one day end the labor intensive task of harvesting asparagus, according to an article at FreshPlaza.com. The university has developed a conceptual robot, which is on display at their site at this year’s Fieldays at Mystery Creek that uses sensors to ‘read’ the asparagus and a robotic arm to pick the vegetable.
New Zealand’s asparagus industry has around 50 commercial asparagus growers. The main growing regions are Waikato, Canterbury, South West North Island and Hawke’s Bay where it harvested by hand in early summer.