The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced that 3 cutting-edge projects will receive a share of £9.13 million in government funding to carry out research and development on proposals to boost agricultural productivity, sustainability and climate resilience.
The funding will support projects developing robotic crop harvesting for horticulture, an autonomous system to change cows’ bedding to improve their health, welfare and productivity, and a more environmentally-friendly approach to potato cultivation.
The 3 projects are being supported through the Large R&D Partnership competition, which is part of the government’s £270 million Farming Innovation Programme. A second round of the competition is currently open for applications with a deadline for applications of 11am on Wednesday 19th April 2023.
The full press release and details of the 3 projects that are to receive funding, can be found on the GOV.UK website.