Robot workers could provide solution to labour shortage

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Newstalk ZB Staff ,
Publish Date
Fri, 11 May 2018, 8:10AM
Robots could be the answer to shortages in the seasonal labour force. (Photo: Getty Images)

Robot workers could provide solution to labour shortage

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff ,
Publish Date
Fri, 11 May 2018, 8:10AM

Robots could be the answer to seasonal worker shortages.

Jenkins Freshpac Systems has released technology this morning, which could see two human workers replaced for every unit installed.

The apple packer identifies and places the apples in their trays, and has the ability to safely handle up to 120 fruit per minute.

General manager Jamie Lunam told Mike Hosking the labour shortage problem isn't going to go away.

"This isn't a blip, this isn't a coincidence and the crops are being planted with great ferocity, a million odd apple trees were planted last year."

LISTEN ABOVE AS JAMIE LUNAM SPEAKS TO MIKE HOSKING