Data-driven agriculture and food production: podcast

In this Food Matters Live Tabletop podcast Dr Louise Sutherland, Director of Ceres Agri-tech partnership, chats with Stephen Gates, TV presenter and writer, and other industry experts Callum Murray, Head of Food and Agriculture at Innovate UK, Dave Ross, Chief Executive Office, Agri-Epi Centre and Emily Norton, Head of Rural Research at Savilles about the exciting opportunities and challenges of data driven agriculture.

Louise outlines who will benefit and how agri-tech needs to be based on robust science, solve a problem for the end user and be commercially viable; all the principles the Ceres Agri-tech Partnership applies when selecting projects for its agri-tech pipeline. The group discuss the challenges of data security and how collaboration across the industry will be needed to find a workable solution. Louise shares her view that robots for harvesting, weeding and crop care will be the most exciting new development based on data driven agri-tech in the next 5 -10 years which will help to solve the labour crisis and labour productivity in UK Horticulture, which needs 70,000 to 80,000 seasonal workers each year.

Listen to the podcast here: