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The passing of time gives crops, livestock – and even companies – time to mature. As REAP 2021 advances on us, it’s time to celebrate the recent successes of three home-grown companies in our membership which demonstrate how the UK’s agritech ecosystem is growing up.
Technologies are available now with the potential to radically change the harvest next year – agri-tech that can automate not just the processes but also manipulate the crop’s response to time and environment.The big question for farmers and growers is where should the priorities be for developing and investing in agri-tech?
Over £300m was spent by UK consumers on CBD – Cannabidiol – in 2019. This opportunity, expected to grow to £1bn in 2024, is just one of the many uses for industrial hemp, Cannabis sativa. The potential of this versatile crop is to be discussed at the Agri-TechE ‘Farmer to Pharma’ conference in partnership with Hanway Associates.