The government is to launch an industrial strategy for agricultural science, technology and innovation.
Chairman of the All-Party Group on Agricultural Science George Freeman MP said: "The UK, with its world-renowned research bases and world-class food, farming, engineering and IT sectors, has the potential to pioneer new technologies driving low-carbon, low-impact, low-chemical and high-output farming."
"This is a huge opportunity for the UK food and farming industry to export again our leadership in agricultural innovation to help feed the world."
Key aspects of the Ag-Tech Strategy, launched on Monday 22 July, include:
- £450m a year of government support for agricultural and food research
- A new network of regional and sectoral Innovation Hubs to move science "from lab to Field"
- A new £60m Agri-Tech Catalyst Fund to attract industry investment into new technologies
- A new UK Institute for Agri-Food Data to to boost agricultural informatics
- A new Leadership Council to oversee implementation of the Strategy.