Mike Freer MP, Minister for Exports formally launched a new portal to help the UK Agri-Tech industry export to new markets.
The portal has been developed by the Department for International Trade and three UK Agri-Tech trade associations – UK Technology for Agriculture and Genetics (UK TAG), the Commercial Horticultural Association and the Agricultural Engineers Association. The Agri-Tech Centres sit on the portal the steering group alongside its founding organisations and Local Enterprise Partners in the Midlands Engine, Northern Powerhouse and South West.
Business Development Director, Lisa Williams said: “Agri-EPI Centre, funded by Innovate UK, is pleased to support the launch of the international portal alongside our sister centre’s. The portal will provide a platform and an access point for overseas contacts that wish to understand and connect with world leading agri-tech companies based within the UK, whilst connecting with all partners on agri-tech matters – a growing market to support the sustainable agri-food sector.”
By signing up to the platform, users will gain exclusive access to several ‘Meet the Buyer’ events each year, as well as the ability to communicate directly with international buyers through an internal messaging system. The functionality of the directory allows users to search by sector, product and region. It also provides access to the UK Capability Brochures on agricultural engineering, companion pets, horticulture and livestock genetics published with our Trade Challenge Partners.
Chris Jackson, Export Manager for UK TAG. Said:“Post-Brexit, Britain has a unique opportunity to strengthen its position as a global hub of agricultural science and innovation, developing and exporting technological solutions to improve food production around the world, and attracting inward investment to support jobs and economic activity at home.”
“It is vital that we tell the world what we’re good at, and this new website will help us to get the message out there that the UK produces some of the best agricultural technology and help companies take advantage of future trade deals.”
The Minister for Exports launched the portal at the meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science & Technology in Agriculture today (10.01.22), where he spoke of the need for the UK to shout more loudly about the UK’s leading agri-tech expertise and capabilities in order to boost exports.