MP welcomes boost to Fenland’s Agri-Tech industry

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Steve Barclay MP has welcomed the Government’s announcement that Fenland is set to receive a boost from £160m of investment in the UK agriculture industry.

The Agri-Tech Industrial Strategy and funding package was launched at an event this week hosted by by Universities and Science Minster David Willetts and George Freeman MP, the Government’s Adviser on Life Sciences.

The strategy sets aside £90m to support centres for agricultural innovation and will bolster the recent package of £3.2m awarded to the Eastern England Agri-tech Growth Initiative by the Government’s regional Growth fund.

Mr Barclay said: “This commitment to the long term future of Agriculture in the UK is great news for Fenland, one of the major centres of agricultural development in the East of England.

“I am delighted that the representations I made to Minister in Westminster alongside my colleagues on the Council have underlined the importance of Fenland as an essential part of the ongoing success of the UK’s Agri-Tech and farming industries.

“The UK is fast becoming a world leader in agricultural science and technology and it is great that plans are now being actively considered for an Agri Tech centre in Wisbech as part of the 2020 vision strategy.”

The Agricultural Technologies Strategy will offer development opportunities to those working in farming and retail and will work to improve quality and food security for millions consumers in the UK.

The Agri-food supply chain contributes an estimated £96 billion to the economy and employs 3.8m people.