Government launches bumper package of support for food and farming R&D

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.

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