Facilitating the adoption of innovation in Agri-Tech
Posted on 29/11/2018
In March this year the KTN Plant Sector Advisory Board released its pre-competitive vision for the UK’s plant and crop sector. Alongside prioritising research needs, the importance of providing support for “Adopting Innovation” was seen as a priority for industry. More specifically, the vision document highlighted desired actions including:
- Increasing farmer participatory research
- Encouraging communication and collaboration between scientists and farmers and growers
- Building capabilities around research or satellite farms
Taking on this challenge, KTN in partnership with the University of Sheffield are planning a dedicated event to facilitate engagement between Agri-Tech companies and end-users. The event will take place on the 25th June 2019 and will focus on reporting back on a series of studies, highlighting how we have helped this process by introducing a group of technology companies to appropriate end user groups, such as Innovative Farmers, Future Farmers of Yorkshire, LEAF, NU Farms, BBRO Demonstration Farms, AgriTech Centres, and AHDB grower groups – to name just a few.
Innovative Agri-Tech SMEs invited to get involved
In order to generate these pilot studies, the KTN Agri-Food team are now looking for innovative Agri-Tech SMEs, who have novel technologies and would benefit from additional end user interaction and engagement to develop them further into user-centric offers. We will help them focus their design requirements and expectations, and introduce early adopters to future Agri-Tech solutions.
If this activity is of interest to you please contact KTN’s Plant and Crop specialists, Chris Danks and Liliya Serazetdinova. Please note that places are limited so the sooner you get in touch, the more likely you are to be successful.
Once we have identified and recruited suitable technology providers we will then introduce them to specific end user groups, facilitating a “get together” to see the technologies in action and capture the end user feedback and interactions. If you are involved in any farmer/grower networks that would like to get involved please do not hesitate to contact Chris Danks and Liliya Serazetdinova to discuss further.