UK fresh produce innovators have acquired major funding towards research to sustainably change the way that potatoes are grown, stored and transported. The Net Zero Hectare project is led by the nation’s leading potato supplier Branston in partnership with B-hive Innovations, Crop Systems Ltd, The University of Lincoln, David Armstrong Farms and Arbikie Distillery.
Combined, the partnership has secured £2.06 million in funding acquired from The Farming Innovation Programme, run by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in cooperation with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
The project strives to investigate new methods to contribute towards a net zero carbon supply chain for potato crop. The three-year project will work with industry experts in each area, this collaboration will look to tackle the three key areas of emissions in growing ware potato crops: fertilizer, storage, and transport.