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Mango auto harvester

Opportunity for

  • Machinery manufacturing and distribution companies interested in new products and services

  • Agronomy service companies interested in new products and services

Opportunity description

Industry challenge: The mango industry, like other tree crop industries, is reliant on manual harvesting. This is becoming increasingly problematic with labour shortages and the overall cost of harvesting and is impacting on the ability of the Australian industry to expand.

Current opportunity: Hort Innovation and Central Queensland University (CQU) with support from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) Rural R&D for Profit grant has developed a prototype harvester that can identify and pick fruit from the tree at commercially viable rates. In-field machine vision technology is used to detect the number and size of fruit on mango trees and is integrated into a harvesting platform. An opportunity exists for machinery manufacturing and agronomy services companies that are interested in commercialising the platform and vision technology.

Other opportunities: The technology has potential to expand into other tree crops in Australia and internationally.

Video: https://youtu.be/R3dtRFE3T9o

Opportunity type

Licensing, Research partner, Field trial, Seeking partners

Readiness

Mid (TRL 5)
Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).
What does this mean?
Describes the stage of the challenge or opportunity being pursued.

Opportunity led by

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Cross industry Fruits Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Vegetables

Hort Innovation

Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australia's horticulture industry. As one of the nation's 15 Rural …

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Cross industry Fruits Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Vegetables
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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  • Led by

    Hort Innovation

  • Opportunity type

    Licensing

  • Express interest by

    3 October 2022, 10:00am (AEST)

  • Readiness
    Late (TRL 8-9)
    Commercial optimisation of the product/service, testing and commercial distribution.

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