When machines take over job of the highland lass

Amused by watching a robot in a movie chopping veggies in sink or mopping the floor? A programmed machine doing repetitive and menial job is now reality. And no, they are no more confined to the all too familiar imagery of robotic hands welding cars. They are everywhere. Even in tea gardens. Tearing away the much treasured imagery of smiling and happy women in Assam plucking tea leaves with their delicate fingers, machines have started in a pilot project what humans have done for ages. “We have started using machines to pluck tea. It’s not something that I would like to do but I see it happening sooner than later,” says Aditya Khaitan, who runs world’s single largest plantation company, McLeod Russel.Tea estates globally, which are on plain land, like…


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