UK: £74m investment push for new agritech hub

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A £74m investment has been given a go-ahead for a new agritech hub –
that will be nucleated at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies’ Easter Bush Campus – will improve the efficiency and output of agricultural applications, and improve food security globally.

The virtual hub would foster collaboration between researchers and companies to contribute to work towards net-zero carbon in the agritech sector.

“This is a very exciting time for agriscience, with transformative technology and data sharing opening up new approaches for fair and inclusive growth. The City Region Deal will drive an innovation pipeline nucleated from Easter Bush campus in Midlothian, with reach both across our country and internationally, all built around novel research, fuelling a step change in upskilling, talent development and enterprise activities,” said Professor Bruce Whitelaw, Interim Director, Roslin Institute.

The investment will transform the scale and effect of agtech in outputs from teaching, research and innovation.