A new Centre for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) has just been launched under the government’s Agri-Tech strategy.
CHAP will facilitate collaboration between academia and industry to give farmers access to the best and most sustainable technologies, strategies and protocols to improve crop performance.
The centre will be located at the National Agri-Food Innovation campus at Sand Hutton near York. Consortium partners include Bayer CropScience, Farmcare, Frontier Agriculture, Dow AgroSciences, Tesco, Stockbridge Technology and Unilever, alongside AHDB, CABI, Cranfield University, FERA Science Ltd, Newcastle University, ADAS, The Met Office, Warwick University, Campden BRI and Rothamsted Research.
Interim CEO of CHAP Ltd, Dr Andrew Swift, said, “CHAP will establish the UK as a world-leader in agri-technology, innovation and sustainability. It will create an environment that encourages the exchange of leading edge knowledge, resulting in greater innovation and wider access to the best available technologies and solutions. By taking science to the farm, CHAP will help farmers, growers and the food industry to improve yield, reduce costs and meet the need for sustainable solutions to present and future challenges.”
Neil Paveley, head of ADAS Crop Protection, says “ADAS looks forward to working with CHAP in developing innovative projects which deliver benefit to our current and new clients. We are already actively discussing a number of exciting opportunities that will use these facilities”.
Story source: ADAS news, 31 Mar 2016