Independent report

Defra led review of automation in horticulture

Reducing the seasonal labour needs of horticulture through increased adoption and accelerated innovation of automation, Agri-tech and robotic technologies.



This review sets out the current state of automation technologies and their ability to reduce the seasonal labour needs of both edible and ornamental horticulture.

Recommendations are put forward to increase adoption of available technology and accelerate development of innovative automation and robotics.

These non-binding recommendations suggest ways to address a range of barriers and are for both the government and the sector to consider.

Published 27 July 2022