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13 November, 2020 - 21:10 By Tony Quested

International deals take root at Cambridge AgriTech summit

Global AgriTech pioneers struck key deals at Agri-TechE’s REAP 2020 conference in Cambridge this week. International farmers, researchers and tech entrepreneurs came together to pursue the goal of sustainable, productive and profitable agriculture.

A number of international players announced initiatives at the summit, namely:-

  • A new partnership with Western Growers – the organisation representing family farmers across California, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, who provide over half of America’s fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nut; it is partnering with Agri-TechE to accelerate innovation in field harvest automation.
  • A new mission with the British Embassy Warsaw – farmers and agri-tech companies from a consortium of four countries – Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia – engaged Agri-TechE members.
  • The next stage in the relationship with Missouri agri-tech ecosystem – the heartland for 50 per cent of US crop and livestock production. A new programme for 2020 was announced in partnership with Agri-TechE.
  • As flagged last week, Oost Netherlands joine Agri-TechE as members. Oost NL represents farmers, agri-tech companies and researchers keen to strengthen links with UK agri-tech innovation.
  • South Korea’s Chonnam National University offered members of the Agri-TechE ecosystem a launchpad into Asia. Chonnam province and Gwangju city is the core of agriculture production for South Korea.

Dennis Donohue, director of Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT), said: “We have some big challenges facing us, such as extreme weather, need for harvesting automation, concerns about resistance to pesticides, and water shortages.

“We didn’t want to reinvent the wheel so we decided to find out what agri-tech is out there and to start a conversation. With Agri-TechE, we saw the potential to create a viable relationship that would accelerate the development of solutions, and ultimately, solve the issues our growers are facing.”

 

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