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British government earmarks 160 mln pounds to boost agricultural technology

British government announced Monday a new strategy to boost agricultural technology, aiming to become a world leader in agricultural science and technology.

The new strategy includes a 160 million pounds government investment in developing cutting edge technologies, and taking innovative products such as cancer-fighting broccoli from the field to the shopping aisle.

According to a statement jointly issued by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the agricultural industry is also expected to invest heavily in the strategy which will transform farming in Britain, using the latest technologies to ensure the process is as productive as possible whilst reducing environmental impact and resource use.

"With the demand for food rising rapidly worldwide, the strategy also aims to make the UK a world leader in addressing global food security issues," it said.

"We face a global challenge to feed the rapidly increasing population in a way which is affordable and sustainable, said DEFRA Minister for Science Lord De Mauley.

"We are investing in technologies that will enable British farmers to meet these challenges and take advantage of the growing demand in export markets for British food."

The newly announced strategy includes a 90 million pounds government investment in world-class Centers for Agricultural Innovation with additional investment from industry, creating a 70 million pounds Agri-Tech Catalyst to help new agricultural technologies bridge the so called 'valley of death' between the lab and the marketplace, creation of an industry Leadership Council to unify the agriculture technology sector and make Britain more internationally competitive, and recruitment of a new agri-tech team to boost exports and overseas investment in the British agricultural technologies.

Agri-tech is a well-established and important sector in Britain. The entire agri-food supply chain, from agriculture to final retailing and catering, is estimated to contribute 96 billion pounds to the economy and employ 3.8 million people.

Pub Time : 2016-07-02 11:07:23 >> News List