January 21st 2019
CHAP consortium wins £1.3 million grant
Fantastic news that we have been awarded £1.3 million from the highly competitive ‘Transforming Food Production’ call. A multidisciplinary consortium including CHAP, Liberty Produce, Stockbridge Technology Centre, Rothamsted Research and number of other SMEs will develop a prototype vertical farm growing system to provide high tech and innovative solutions to the sector to reduce complexity and cost whilst, at the same time, delivering increased yield and quality. These systems could reduce water usage, eliminate the use of agrochemicals and provide year-round local production. The 27 month project will begin in April 2019. This is fantastic news for the sector which is currently on the cusp of commercial viability. Improved technology will increase the adoption of these sustainable growing systems, reduce environmental impact, improve food security and create opportunities for the growth and export of UK agricultural technologies.
Our submission was described as a ‘highly innovative and progressive partnership of players with strong strategic and commercial acumen looking to position UK PLC as a frontrunner of the vertical farming space’.