The greenhouse horticulture is an important economic factor in the Netherlands, but is hampered by high labor costs and poor labor availability. Robotics is seen as the solution for sustainable horticulture.
At this moment there is no suitable harvesting robot for any crop due to the absence of sufficient intelligence in the current harvesting robots developed in (international) research projects.
The European CROPS project focuses on the development of intelligent systems for the production and harvesting of high value crops. In this project Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture focuses on harvesting peppers and thereby focuses on the development of intelligence for robots so they can be deployed in unstructured environments.