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Government announces multi-million pound plan to improve crop resilience

The Government announced a five-year £5.3 million funding package in a bid to increase crop resilience, last Friday.

The money will go to four agricultural research centres to develop new technologies in the hope to improve the resilience, sustainability and quality of crops.

The four centres, John Innes Centre, Rothamsted Research, University of Warwick and University of York, will focus on boosting productivity for pulses, wheat, leafy vegetables and oilseed rape as part of Defra’s Crop Genetic Improvement Networks.

Professor Ian Bancroft, who leads the agricultural research centre at the University of York, said: “We aim to support industry in long-term, sustainable rapeseed production by utilising UK expertise in plant genetics to better understand specific crop traits.

“Innovation through these networks is essential if we are to see growth in healthy crop production.”

Environment secretary Michael Gove
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Talking about the announcement, environment secretary Michael Gove said: “Developing new technology is crucial to making sure our farmers can continue to grow world-class produce in an environmentally friendly way.

“Through this new fund, I hope to see the creation of new and innovative growing practices and crop protections so we can truly unlock the potential of our food and farming industries.”

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