Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has welcomed yesterday’s announcement that Aberystwyth University will benefit from a share of £16million worth of funding from the UK Government and industry to help develop new technology to boost UK agriculture.
This is the third round of funding to be distributed through the £70 million Agri-Tech Catalyst which supports collaborative research between scientists and businesses to springboard projects from the lab to the market place – speeding up the time before the farmer and public benefit.
Aberystwyth University and partner organisations Duraweld Limited, Nonwovens Innovation and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany have been awarded £239,512 to develop a new "pollination control bag" for crops such as sugar beet and wheat to increase their yield and protect them against excess humidity, disease, drought and pests.
Commenting Mark Williams said:
“I am very pleased that Aberystwyth University has received this funding. This confirms the position of IBERS as a first class centre of agricultural research, undertaking vital work for the future of the UK’s agriculture sector.”