New crop research centre at Soham’s Hasse Fen

Demi Woollard ANL-151118-095417001
Demi Woollard ANL-151118-095417001

A new research centre dedicated to reducing crop and food waste has been opened at Hasse Fen in Soham.

The Eastern AgriGate Research Hub is the first of its kind in the UK, and is managed by NIAB, is a major international centre in plant research, crop evaluation and agronomy.

It will be carrying out commercial scale research to increase productivity and reduce crop wastage before produce reaches the processor and retailer.

Doing the official opening on Friday was George Freeman Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for life sciences and South-East Cambridgeshire MP Lucy Frazer.

“Drawing on the East of England’s strengths in food and farming, the Eastern AgriGate Research Hub will give businesses access to the facilities, skills and expertise needed to develop pioneering new technologies that will reduce crop wastage and boost productivity for food producers across the country,” said Mr Freeman.

The new facility has been built with £600,000 of growth initiative funding from the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (GCGP) through the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative.