Several cutting-edge projects will receive a share of £9.13 million in British government funding. Among other things, the funding will support projects developing robotic crop harvesting for horticulture, and a more environmentally-friendly approach to potato cultivation.
These projects are being supported through the Large R&D Partnership competition, which is part of the government’s £270 million Farming Innovation Programme, and a second round of the competition is currently open for applications.
This is all part of the government’s commitment to spend around £600 million on grants to provide support for farmers to invest in productivity, animal health and welfare, innovation, research and development over three years. It will be funded from the £2.4 billion annual farming budget, which is being maintained at its current level for the rest of this current Parliament.