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Robotics coming for New Zealand's asparagus industry

Robotic technology developed by Waikato University may one day end the back breaking, labour intensive task of harvesting asparagus.

The university has developed a conceptual robot, which is on display at their site at this years 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.

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