The shortage of labour this season has highlighted the need for equipment to do the jobs normally done by hand.

Many of these jobs can be done with the right kit but some of it is expensive so firms like Vitifruit Equipment offer a hire service to reduce costs. 

The past summer season saw an increase in the use of de-leafers and trimmers and the current winter season is building up to be a busy one with the Provitis pre-pruner and cane pulling out machine VSE 430. Finding a competent operator can be a problem but there are an increasing number of contractors supplying drivers and Vitifruit Equipment offer training in the field with their hire kit for those willing to learn.