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Tuesday 11 June 2019

Ocado invests in AgriTech

VertI’ve been getting more and more interested in AgriTech over the last few years as you might have gathered by the many articles I have written on the subject.

Robots that pick soft fruit have caught my attention on several previous occasions. See Automation picking soft fruit. At present armies of largely short term immigrant workers come to the UK in the summer to pick the fruit. Automation could change all that. Keen Archers fans will have heard Alice demonstrate strawberry-picking robots at Open Farm Sunday at Home Farm last week. Whereas strawberries are conventionally grown on the ground, robots can pick them more effectively if they are grown vertically in polytunnels.

My interest was further aroused today with news that Ocado is investing £17m in a new vertical farming venture. Imagine a tall wall of lettuce growing in inert soil under artificial light. Use of water and pesticides is minimised. Wastage is also lower. Crops can be produced throughout the year. On top of that robots can move up and down the lines picking the leaves. You can locate these close to your distribution centre thus reducing transport costs and ensuring maximum freshness.

However, it can never beat Holway’s raised veg beds just outside our kitchen door. Although that only operates in the summer months and we don’t have a robot to pick the crops...yet!

Posted by Richard Holway at '07:23'

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