Marches Investment Fund
Harper Adams University National Centre for Precision Farming
The £4.2m Precision Agriculture and Engineering Innovation Centre was part funded by a loan from the Marches Investment Fund (Growing Places Fund). The centre which opened in September 2013, is a catalyst for research and education, innovation, knowledge transfer and skills development within the agri-tech sector. The centre is playing a critical role in developing new technologies for farming practice, and in bringing together expertise from the agricultural engineering industry, the farming sector and the wider academic community. So far, it has created 21 of the 22 new, direct full time equivalent jobs that were forecast to be created by this scheme. The facility’s indirect job target of 200 new jobs has been exceeded through the support provided to businesses using the facility.
Funding – £750k from the Marches Investment Fund with the remaining funding coming from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Harper Adams University.
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