It was reported last year that the UK relies heavily on migrant workers in agriculture. A post-brexit world therefore raises a very good question in relation to who is going to pick our fruit and vegetables.
The use of robots is a potential solution to the anticipated post-brexit farming problems as well transforming the current model of farming.
How technology can improve farming is certainly a question we expect to see considered more and more.
But why the need for change now? Start with Brexit. The UK relies on migrant labour as highlighted in a House of Commons paper published last year which says there are close to 30,000 permanent farm workers from other EU member states working in the UK and an additional 75,000 seasonal workers – around 98 per cent from other EU member states.