Launch of new web portal to boost international Agri-Tech trade at APPG Science & Technology in Agriculture Meeting 10th January 2022
Mike Freer MP, Minister for Exports, at an APPG Science & Technology in Agriculture meeting on 10th January 2022, formally launched a new portal to help the UK Agri-Tech industry export to new markets.
Working with the Department for International Trade, the three leading UK Agri-Tech Trade Associations have joined forces to launch an Agri-Tech-UK Directory to provide an invaluable, high-functionality resource and point of contact for overseas producers and companies in the agricultural industry, as well as enabling overseas embassies and government trade departments to locate UK companies and their specialist services.
UK Technology for Agriculture and Genetics (UK TAG), the Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) and the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) are working together to promote the skills, innovation and technology capabilities of their members. In addition, they have developed the portal in partnership with the four Agri-Tech Innovation Centres (Agrimetrics, Agri-Epi, Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) and Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) and Local Enterprise Partners in the Midlands Engine, Northern Powerhouse and South West.
By signing up to the platform, users will gain exclusive access to several ‘Meet the Buyer’ events each year, as well as the ability to communicate directly with international buyers through an internal messaging system. The functionality of the directory allows users to search by sector, product and region. It also provides access to the UK Capability Brochures on agricultural engineering, companion pets, horticulture and livestock genetics published with our Trade Challenge Partners. In the future, it will host the slide decks for the Agri-Tech High Potential Opportunities in animal health (surrey/Hampshire), aquaculture (Dorset), controlled environment agriculture (Leeds/Yorkshire), plant science for nutrition (Norfolk/Suffolk) and precision agriculture (Telford) to also help attract more investment by signposting other Agri-Tech initiatives of interest to overseas investors.
“Post-Brexit, Britain has a unique opportunity to strengthen its position as a global hub of agricultural science and innovation, developing and exporting technological solutions to improve food production around the world, and attracting inward investment to support jobs and economic activity at home.”
“It is vital that we tell the world what we’re good at, and this new website will help us to get the message out there that the UK produces some of the best agricultural technology and help companies take advantage of future trade deals,” said Chris Jackson, Export Manager for UK TAG.