Policy paper

UK agricultural technologies strategy

Agri-tech strategy setting out how government and industry will build on the strengths of the UK sector.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


UK strategy for agricultural technologies

Centres for agricultural innovation: review of stakeholder feedback

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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

The UK strategy for agricultural technologies is part of the government’s industrial strategy.

The agricultural technologies infographic is available in other formats from Flickr: Industrial strategy sector infographics

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.

Published 22 July 2013
Last updated 24 December 2013 + show all updates
  1. Review of feedback to the strategy published.

  2. First published.