Sam Licciardello, Donnybrook orchardist

Western Australian farmer uses laser to protect stone orchard from pest birds

The problem of birds damaging fruit crops is ancient, but a Western Australian orchard expert is using lasers to keep them at bay.

Sam Licciardello grows apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines on his South West estate.

The birds were destroying 20 percent of the fruit on their trees each year, depending on the season.

Mr. Licciardello turned to laser bird deterrent technology as a potential solution.

«Last season was our first trial year. [the lasers]And we got an excellent result,» he said.

Where Mr. Licciardello tried the lasers, he managed to collect an extra 70 boxes of fruit.

Parrots are causing financial loss in Mr. Licciardello’s Donnybrook garden.(ABC South West: Georgia Hargreaves)

The machine projects lasers onto fruit trees in a pattern and can work 24 hours a day.

Mr. Licciardello said the laser beam did not harm the birds.

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