agri-tech news update
There is a big market opportunity for controlled environment agriculture (CEA) according to Rhydian Beynon-Davies, Head of Novel Growing Systems at Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC). He comments: “The world will need sustainable solutions to an increasing extent in the future and we should be the ones to supply those solutions.”
“The big challenge of Controlled Environment Production (CEP) is to demonstrate to retailers that it can bring tangible benefits to their supply chain and their customers,” comments Kate Hofman, co-founder of GrowUp Farms.
“There is the potential for indoor farming to be commercially viable and there are some immediate gains for growing crops such as leafy salads in high hygiene environments,” comments Lindsay Hargreaves, MD of Frederick Hiam.
Speed is vital in effective disease management; if farmers and growers have access to cost-effective tools that are simple to use on-farm then they can take a range of preventative measures to preempt problems – promising solutions to be discussed at event.
The new tech is available for flower, herb and food producers to rent, providing producers with affordable and consistent technology to extract flavours or fragrances in-field.