As part of the Government's Agri-Tech strategy, four new centres for Agricultural Innovation have been launched. Two of the centres are here at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus.
As well as creating capacity in the UK to translate agricultural innovation into commercial opportunities for UK businesses, it is hoped that the centres will stimulate inward investment and help to revolutionise farming practices in the future. The Government's investment in the centres will help to finance world class laboratory equipment and facilities to test and develop new agricultural technology and products.
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The Centre for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) - £21.3 million government investment to revolutionise how farmers manage crop threats including pests and diseases. Headquartered here at NAFIC the centre's consortium partners include Bayer CropScience, Farmcare, Frontier Agriculture, Dow AgroSciences, Tesco, Stockbridge Technology and Unilever, alongside ADHB, CABI, Cranfield University, Fera Science Ltd, Newcastle University, ADAS, The Met Office, Warwick University, Campden BRI and Rothamstead Research. CHAP will enable these organisations, alongside retailers, processors, agronomists and manufacturers, to share resources, optimise return on research and development costs, reduce waste and accelerate the registration process for new products.
The Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) - £29.1 million government investment to create new livestock technology and products to boost the profitability and productivity of livestock farming. Headquartered here at NAFIC the centre's consortium partners include Rothamstead Research, SRUC, Harper Adams University, AHDB, Roslin, Aberystwyth University, AFBI, Newcastle University, University of Bristol, Queen's University Belfast, University of Leeds, Fera Science Ltd, Duchy College and the University of Nottingham. CIEL will work with these leading research institutes to develop new industry-needed solutions as well as commercial trial farms for real world results.