There is growing interest in the Middle East for agri-tech, particularly in controlled environment agriculture; algae-based biofuels; precision agriculture and agricultural robotics – areas where Agri-TechE members have considerable strengths.
We hope harvest is going well for those of you out in the field, and that everyone is staying well. This month we’ve been thinking about the role of hybrids and twins in agriculture in our blog – and we’re having a quieter August while we plan 2021’s activities, so “see” you in September.
“There’s a skills shortage for protected cropping,” Jock explains. “We’re looking to create a vibrant protected cropping industry in the UK by licensing our large-scale vertical hydroponics facilities… and our customers will also require skilled operators to manage these facilities.”
Johnathan Ransom of Square Mile Farms started with the concept of ‘flat pack farms’ for urban areas and now, through its Office Farming model, is bringing vertical, urban farms to the workplaces of big businesses to help them achieve their sustainability and employee wellbeing goals. The company is opening a crowdfunding round.
Vertical farming and controlled environment farming will feature in a forthcoming Agri-TechE event