Keen to support the work of the Eastern AgriGate Research Hub, at Hasse Fen near Soham, Agri-Tech East now has a base at the hub – which places us firmly in the heartland of our members activities.
AgriGate supports commercial scale research aimed at increasing the productivity and reduce crop wastage before produce reaches the processor and retailer. It also provides space, equipment and support for early stage businesses such as Entomics, who we have helped get established.
Director Belinda Clarke believes that the move will offer benefits for all: “We are planning to hold events at AgriGate, including working with NIAB to help bring research and industry leaders to the hub for thought leadership sessions and discussions which will lead to new collaborations and ideation for technical developments.
“We are looking forward to working with the other tenants to help exchange and disseminate ideas and new thinking for the industry.”
Hasse Fen was selected as the location for the hub as it has a unique combination of Fenland soils.
The Hub will improve the research capabilities of the region’s agri-businesses and it has been built with £600,000 of growth initiative funding from the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership, through the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative.