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This strategy set out for the first time how the government, science researchers and the food and farming industry will build on the strengths of the UK agricultural technologies sector. It aimed to:
improve the translation of research into practice through a £70 million government investment in an Agri-Tech Catalyst, a single fund for projects
increase support to develop, adopt and exploit new technologies and processes through £90 million of government funding for Centres for Agricultural Innovation
help the UK exploit the potential of data and informatics and become a global centre of excellence by establishing a Centre for Agricultural Informatics and Metrics of Sustainability
provide stronger leadership for the sector through the Leadership Council, giving industry a stronger and more cohesive voice with government and the science researchers
build a stronger skills base to attract and retain a workforce who are expert in developing and applying technologies from the
laboratory to the farm
increase understanding of what is being spent and where to increase alignment of industry research funding with public sector spend
increase UK export and inward investment performance through targeted sector support
Investment in the Agri-Tech sector: an opportunity for you to participate
The gap in translating high quality agricultural research into practical applications is an important theme in the strategy. The government will invest £160 million to strengthen existing and develop innovative new collaborations between public and private sector organisations.
The public were able to shape the collaborative research in this initiative. We sought feedback on identifying areas that offer the greatest potential for business engagement, to maximise translating research into better productivity and wider growth opportunities.
We have published a review of the feedback. This document also serves as the basis for further industry engagement in the future. It is purely for information, and does not set out new policy.