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Agri-EPI collaborates with growers and scientists around the world. Partnering on international projects, as well as initiatives throughout the UK. Supporting agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture, Agri-EPI explores and delivers precision farming engineering, technology and innovation. Discover more about our international collaborations and projects.

British technology to improve efficiency at large farm in Paraguay

Agri-EPI Centre has been awarded funding to establish a pilot Agri-Tech demonstration facility in Paraguay. The facility will be used to demonstrate the benefit of UK developed technology to improve the efficiency and productivity of agriculture in Paraguay. Once up and running, the facility can provide an excellent launchpad for UK Agri-Tech to be deployed in other key South American markets.

Paraguay commercial business

Paraguay business and trade regulations are attractive for businesses wishing to trade within the South American trade block (Mercosur). The collaboration with one of Paraguayan leading farmers, was developed from a recent UK Department of International Trade visit to Paraguay with support from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The Agri-EPI Centre team has built upon this relationship and is active in developing the pilot.

The team has identified opportunities to manage cattle nutrition more precisely by installing systems to monitor cattle. It may be possible to reduce calf losses from scan to wean and increase gross profit margin. This could lead to win-wins for Paraguayan farmers and UK companies. Next steps include the installation of solutions, kick start Proof of Concept and gather baseline data.

Want to know more about this project? Please contact Project Management Team by email

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Collaboration with China Rural Technology Development Centre (CRTDC)

An Agri-EPI team, led by Agri-EPI Chair (Willie Thomson) CEO (Dave Ross) and Business Manager (Claire Lewis), have recently returned from a Science and Innovation Network facilitated visit to China. The visit marked the start of an Agri-EPI Centre and the China Rural Technology Development Centre (CRTDC) demonstration project that will bring together both Chinese and UK farming technology.

The visit, superbly co-ordinated by the FCO in Beijing, included visits to Shunyi National Agricultural Science and Technology Park, Xiaotangshan National Precision Agriculture Research, Yanqing National Agricultural Science and Technology Park, China International Technology Transfer Centre /Beijing Science and Technology Commission, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (where Theresa May visited the week prior).

We (jointly and) formally launched the concept of SMARTFARM 1.0, as an exemplar and direct focus for measuring and understanding agricultural productivity in China. This farm-based initiative (near Beijing) is also intended to be a base from which UK companies can show and market products for the vast Chinese market, as well as view Chinese technologies.

You can find out more about the smart farm approach here.

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Keep up to date with the latest impact and results of our work, plus, news, innovation and approaches across the sector. Read our latest news and Agri-EPI blogs.