New innovations aim to transform UK farming

UK farming is set to benefit from new technologies that will work towards providing greener, cleaner processes for the agricultural sector, thus aiding the process towards the government’s 2050 net zero target.

On Friday 28 June, Science Minister, Chris Skidmore, announced 31 projects that had received funding through the Transforming Food Production Challenge Fund under the Industrial Strategy. A total of £22.4mn investment was provided, such as a £1.2mn grant to develop Norwich-based Plant Bioscience Limited’s fertiliser decision tool. The tool enables farmers to optimise the amount of fertiliser applied, lowering use and increasing the percentage of nutrients taking up by plants, meaning that less nitrogen is released into the atmosphere.

Other projects to be supported included Arwac’s development of environmentally sensitive mechanical weed control systems for use across arable farms in the UK.

Skidmore said: “The projects announced today will ensure we lead the way in supporting our vital farming industry, delivering high quality food for consumers while reducing the wider environmental impact.”