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CHAP, CIEL Join Forces to Form UK’s Agritech Powerhouse

by Kehinde Giwa
  • Landmark merger creates UK’s largest Agritech organisation: Agri-EPI Centre and CIEL have merged to form a new entity focused on revolutionising the agricultural sector.
  • Combined expertise in crop, livestock and innovation: The merger brings together expertise in crop health, protection, and livestock innovation, aiming to drive advancements in sustainable agriculture, precision farming, and livestock management.
  • Addressing challenges in the agricultural sector: The new organisation aims to address pressing challenges like enhancing crop resilience, yield, and promoting sustainable livestock practices.
  • Unlocking new possibilities for the Agritech community: The combined knowledge base and research capabilities of the merged organisation are expected to unlock new possibilities for farmers, businesses, and researchers.

In a landmark move reshaping the Agritech landscape in the United Kingdom, two influential entities—Agri-EPI Centre Crop Health and Protection, CHAP, and Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Livestock, CIEL—have officially merged to create the largest Agritech organisation in the country.

This development was confirmed during recent workshops co-hosted by CHAP and CIEL where both entities addressed challenges associated with improving nutrient circularity in farming systems in the UK.

The workshops were part of CHAP’s New Innovations Programme, a collaborative exercise bringing together specialists and experienced industry voices to design a strategic business case to combat an identified market failure.

After the workshops, an extensive Economic Impact Assessment was undertaken to determine the ‘preferred way forward’ and formulate the final business case. The aim is to secure funding for the implementation of the solution.

Head of Innovation at CIEL, Dr Mark Young, said: “Agricultural ecosystem health is critical for sustainable production of food. Agriculture has become diversified and specialised, often at the environment’s expense.

“This work has highlighted both the need and the opportunity to reintegrate farm production systems to reduce reliance on artificial inputs and to reduce nutrient losses.

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“CHAP and CIEL are an ideal match in closing the nutrient circularity loop through providing evidence that will support sustainable agricultural systems for the future.”

This strategic collaboration aims to revolutionise the agricultural sector by seamlessly integrating expertise in crop health, protection, and livestock innovation. 

The merger brings together the specialised strengths of Agri-EPI Centre, renowned for its cutting-edge solutions in crop technology, with the extensive capabilities of CHAP and CIEL in agricultural innovation and livestock excellence.

Key stakeholders within the Agritech community are eagerly anticipating the transformative impact of this union. 

The synergies between these entities are expected to drive unprecedented advancements in sustainable agriculture, precision farming, and livestock management. 

The amalgamation of research, technology, and industry insight positions the new organisation at the forefront of agricultural innovation.

This merger not only signifies a consolidation of resources but also signals a collective commitment to addressing pressing challenges in the agricultural sector. 

From enhancing crop resilience and yield to promoting sustainable livestock practices, the joint efforts of Agri-EPI Centre, CHAP, and CIEL promise a holistic approach towards fostering a more resilient and productive agricultural industry in the UK.

As stakeholders eagerly await the unfolding of this alliance, industry leaders and experts are expressing optimism about the potential breakthroughs that could emerge. 

The combined knowledge base and research capabilities of the merged organisation are set to unlock new possibilities for farmers, businesses, and researchers alike.

In the coming months, the Agritech community in the UK can anticipate a wave of innovation as the new entity begins to roll out collaborative projects, research initiatives, and technology solutions. 

The collective enthusiasm surrounding this merger underscores the shared vision of shaping a sustainable and technologically advanced future for agriculture in the United Kingdom.

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