New research cluster will "bring the lab to the land"

Lord Sainsbury - image:davidsainsbury.org.uk
Lord Sainsbury - image:davidsainsbury.org.uk

A new "agri-tech cluster" for East Anglia and a £3.2m technology transfer fund for the region will be unveiled this morning (Friday 11 October).

The cluster formally links the high-end agri-research capacities of Cambridge and Norwich to each other and to the food and farming sectors in the adjacent rural areas.

The unveiling, at the NIAB Innovation Farm, Cambridge, will include speeches by Mid-Norfolk MP and All-Party Group for Science and Technology in Agriculture chair George Freeman, and Cambridge University chancellor David, Lord Sainsbury.

Details of a Regional Growth Fund to support smaller businesses and assist with technology transfer in the sector, as well as further details of the £160m UK Agri-Tech Strategy, are also expected on the day.

Lord Sainsbury said: "A technology revolution is taking place in agriculture and there can be no better place to bring it together with the food and farming industry than a Norwich-Cambridge Agri-tech cluster."


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