SOLUTIONS  Mechanical Harvesting 

During the date harvesting season, workers hand pick only the ripe fruit, a manual process which is very time consuming.  With the mechanical harvesting solution, selective picking can be performed at a rate of 25 trees per hour, with no damage to the tree, or the fruit.

An added benefit is that the equipment can be operated during the cool hours of the night, which is beneficial for fruit quality.

Dotan developed two types of harvesting systems: