A team of robot pickers have helped Lincolnshire-grown strawberries appear on supermarket shelves out-of-season. An estimated three million strawberries have been produced by the project at a farm at Carrington near Boston, owned by Sir James Dyson.
Grown under glass, the fruits have been picked by a workforce including 20 robots taught to recognize when they are ready.
The firm said it showed the capability of technology to aid British growth.
There are many reasons why strawberries are not widely grown in the UK during the colder months, principally the British climate.
Another is the lack of foreign agricultural workers once the traditional picking season has finished.
The firm said it avoids the unnecessary food miles that come from imported strawberries by extending the British growing season.
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