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23rd Jun, 2021

College to showcase technological advancements in horticulture

Rob George 5th Jun, 2021

A NEW event to celebrate the latest technological breakthroughs from the world of horticulture is being planned by Pershore College.

A Festival of Horticultural Technology will take place in two parts over the summer with an evening of talks and networking on Tuesday, June 29 followed by a day-long agri-tech showcase featuring demonstrations, talks and tours on Wednesday, July 21.

Organised by the GrowAgri Worcestershire project, the scheme will showcase the work of the pioneering Agri-Tech Research Centre led by Professor Roy Kennedy. A programme of speakers will make the case for businesses to get involved in this fast-growing sector of agricultural technology.

It will be the first time in well over 12 months that interested members of the public will be able to meet the scientific team in a face-to-face context.

“We focus on a range of cutting-edge technologies that benefit sustainable food production such as multispectral sensing and disease diagnostics,” Professor Kennedy said.

“If the UK agricultural and horticultural sector is going to achieve net zero-carbon emissions by 2050 then we need these technologies to be taken up and implemented throughout the country.”

Organiser, Dr Anjana Patel, Agri-Tech research assistant at Pershore College, said: “Our Festival of Horticultural Technology will provide a unique opportunity for Worcestershire businesses and individuals not familiar with the agri-tech sector, to get a real insight and understanding of the opportunities and the financial support available.”

Visit www.wcg.ac.uk/horticultural-festival or e-mail growagri@wcg.ac.uk for more.

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