Agri-Tech Spring Reception

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and our sponsors hosted an Agri-Tech reception in May 2019 to champion the huge potential for technology to transform UK agriculture.

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Drones and the Internet of Things are all set to revolutionise the efficiency, quality and sustainability of food production in the UK.

APPG Founder & Chair Alan Mak MP argued:

There are huge opportunities for Agri-Tech to boost efficiency and sustainability in agriculture, to help British farmers compete in global markets, and to improve food security here in the UK, and around the world.

Alan Mak MP
Liz Truss MP

Chief Secretary to the Treasury (and former Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs), The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, praised the work of innovative agri-tech businesses around the UK.

Truss went on to say that the role of innovation and new technology in boosting efficiency and national productivity was a key focus of the upcoming government spending review.


The APPG hosted a number of companies embracing technology to provide innovative agri-tech solutions, to solve complex food security challenges, and to improve the efficiency and sustainability of food production:

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The Connected Hive & The Future of Farming (supported by Oracle Cloud)

Our global food supply is under threat. 77% of the world’s food supply depends on pollination but the bee population is in dramatic decline. For example, there has been a 45% decrease in the number of honey bees in the UK since 2010, but can IoT, AI and MI help save the world’s honeybees and the future food supply?

Oracle is working with World Bee Project and other partners such as Reading University, to support the protection of our pollinators. See how the Oracle Cloud is helping to protecting pollinators, people and the planet. By creating a global hive network and using IoT, AI and machine learning to unearth new insights, Oracle is supporting the World Bee Project’s scientific approach to looking for solutions.

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Small Robot Company is reimagining farming with robotics and artificial intelligence. Its vision is to make food production sustainable. Its farmbots Tom, Dick and Harry will feed, seed and weed arable crops autonomously, with minimal waste. The company is currently developing non-chemical weeding to cut chemicals by up to 95%. Its no-till robotics also prevent soil erosion and run off, reducing cultivation emissions by up to 90%.

Funding includes £1 million from Innovate UK. Built on world-leading British research from Professor Simon Blackmore at Harper Adams University, SRC has created an entirely new model for ecologically harmonious farming.

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agriVue is an agricultural data company that specialises in the use of UAVs (drones) to analyse crop health, weed pressure, drainage areas in fields and other actionable data. Precision agriculture allows farmers to optimise returns while preserving resources, boosting efficiency and sustainability.

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Agrimetrics provides, connects and analyses complex data to drive greater productivity for agrifood businesses and deliver food sustainably. We aim to help solve the global challenges of economically, ethically and environmentally sustainable food production through the use of data, analytics and artificial intelligence. Agrimetrics has partnered with Microsoft on their #AIForGood programme and is supported by Azure.

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Ice Robotics is a leading developer and provider of data collection and analysis products for monitoring dairy cow behaviour. IceRobotics has commercialised the technology to support insight-based decision making in the dairy farming community through the CowAlert system. CowAlert is the leading fertility and health monitoring system for dairy farming.

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