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Bidding opens for agricultural tech ideas

Farmers, growers and agricultural businesses are now able to bid for funding to develop new technologies via the Farming Futures R&D Fund.

In partnership with UK Research and Innovation, the £17.5 million ’Industry-led R&D Fund’ will see farmers, growers, foresters and businesses bid for funding to develop new technologies and practises to help transform productivity and enhance environmental sustainability.

This is the next stage in the government’s  Agricultural Transition Plan (ATP). A second round will launch in February next year and a third, named  Projects to Accelerate Adoption Fund, later in 2022.

In a statement to launch the fund, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Jo Churchill said: ‘Innovation is vital to address the challenges facing the agricultural and horticultural sectors.

‘New ideas, technologies and processes will play a key role in helping farmers, growers and businesses to become more productive.’

Along side the bidding process, Defra also unveiled the new projects which have won a share of the £14.5 million Farming Innovation Pathways funding, launched earlier this year. These included a fruit-scouting robot to monitor crops growth stages and a model to use soldier flies to create low-cost, protein-rich animal feed from farm waste.