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The coronavirus has once again hit horticulturists where it hurts. ‘How do I find enough staff to pick all my fruit and vegetables?’ There are hardly any people left in Western Europe who want to do this work for a reasonable wage. Finding Eastern Europeans has proven to be more difficult than ever during the outbreak of the virus. And reliable robots that can pick tomatoes, strawberries, and raspberries still don’t exist.

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Author profile picture Maurits Kuypers graduated as a macroeconomist from the University of Amsterdam, specialising in international work. He has been active as a journalist since 1997, first for 10 years on the editorial staff of Het Financieele Dagblad in Amsterdam, then as a freelance correspondent in Berlin and Central Europe. When it comes to technological innovations, he always has an eye for the financial feasibility of a project.