Making sure the UK’s food industry is keeping up with the industry has never been more important – and in Dundee companies are going even further. But it’s an issue that will remain high on the UK Government’s agenda as we navigate turbulent times and work together to tackle these challenges head-on.
With Britain’s riches of natural resources and the vast experience of our farmers in innovation, we’re armed to embrace new methods that will deliver tangible results and further protect our future food security.
An example is Intelligent Growth Solutions together with the James Hutton Institute who are working in partnership on Scotland’s vertical farming technology. The technology used there sits side by side with research being carried out by another innovator housed at the James Hutton Institute – the Advanced Plant Growth Centre, which shapes technologies for growth systems and crop cultivation.
It’s one of the projects funded by the Tay Cities Region Deal, signed in 2020 with a commitment of £150m funding each from the UK and Scottish Governments. The Advanced Plant Growth Centre is benefitting from £25m of UK Government cash from the deal.
That sits alongside a further £20m for the International Barley Hub, which is securing a brighter future for that essential grain. Vertical farming means crops are grown entirely indoors in a controlled environment, offering a slew of benefits. Each plant gets precisely what it needs to flourish, preventing precious and finite resources – such as water – being wasted.
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