Move Over October
Shock results of NFU’s annual harvest survey, new research funding to increase UK food resilience and sustainability and growth funding for chocolatier: three stories we thought deserved more coverage. Here’s the low down …
As November pushes October firmly into its furrow, pulling winter onto our horizon, we reflect on three interesting AgriTech stories.
On 6th October, Farming UK shared the National Farmers Union’s (NFU’s) annual harvest survey, revealing varied results for British arable farmers and triggering the farming union to demand the government helps by building a new domestic agricultural policy. East Anglia’s branch of the NFU was quick to progress such demands at the first of 18 Brexit roadshows organised by the NFU and the Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board (AHDB), where NFU Director of EU Exit and International Trade, Nick von Westenholz, presented the NFU’s latest thinking on the development of a domestic agriculture policy. The message that came out loud and clear was that UK farmers need help to mitigate volatility, to enhance productivity and to deliver environmental benefits post-CAP. Sounds like a job for AgriTech.
On 11th October, The Soil Society announced a £4.9 million funding pot for interdisciplinary research to increase resilience and sustainability of the UK food system. Five projects have been awarded funding to ensure greater resilience of the UK’s food supply from global shocks, environmental and demographic changes, and threats posed by pests and diseases. Whilst this is to be welcomed and celebrated, we cannot help but feel disappointed that not one of these projects is in the East of England, something we hope to help rebalance once ARC moves into its next phase.
On 20th October, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP’s Agri-Tech Growth Initiative announced the awarding of a five-figure grant to Peterborough-based chocolatier, Islands Cacao & Chocolate.
The company will use the £39,750 cash injection to:
- Purchase new equipment
- Create a new manufacturing line
- Support their relationships in Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Philippines and Madagascar
- Compete with its counterparts in Europe and North America
You can read more about Islands Cacao & Chocolate’s grant in Insider Media Limited.
And don’t forget we had our own blog on the 3 major reports…..