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What we doAsparagus harvesting robot
AvL Motion is the first company in the world to harvest asparagus successfully without human intervention. We have already tested a prototype in the field that detects and cuts the asparagus and removes it from the soil.
The machine was further developed in the asparagus season in 2019 and it can now be concluded that the tests went well. The harvesting robot is ready for a first production series, these machines will be used in the 2020 harvest season.
For some time, a number of asparagus growers have expressed the desire and the need to be able to harvest asparagus with a machine, but then selectively. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find suitable personnel to harvest the crop. Accommodation and the high wage costs due to the labour intensity are also an important factor.
The Netherlands is in fifth place in Europe in terms of the area devoted to asparagus. Key figures for the asparagus sector:
- Area in Germany 2015 (CBS): 20,590 hectares
- Area in Spain 2015 (CBS): 11,250 hectares
- Area in Italy 2015 (CBS): 6,400 hectares
- Area in France 2015 (CBS): 4,500 hectares
- Area in the Netherlands 2010 (CBS): 2,695 hectares
- Area in the Netherlands 2016 (CBS): 3,789 hectares
- Number of companies in the Netherlands 2016: 641
- Number of companies in Germany 2016: 1853
Given the extensive areas under cultivation, there is now an enormous demand for suitable employees to harvest the crops. The use of an asparagus robot reduces the high labour intensity to approx 83%, and also ensures a harvest with more consistent quality.
The harvesting robot is being developed for asparagus growers or cooperatives. If you are interested in this machine, we would like to produce it together with you so that it meets all your requirements.
We are also interested in contacting parties that can offer financial support in order to realise the project. This participation will entitle contributors to a share of the project, or the machine can be deployed as a "first customer" for a reduced price.
If you have any questions and/or are interested in the concept, please get in touch with us.