The Agri-EPI Centre is a precision engineering innovation hub for the agricultural industry.
One of four UK Government centres of agricultural excellence, Agri-EPI focus on the delivery of research and development, demonstration and training on precision agriculture and engineering for the livestock, arable, horticulture and aquaculture sectors.
The Agri-Tech Centres are a unique collaboration between Government, academia and industry to drive greater efficiency, resilience and wealth across the agrifood sector. A £90m investment from Innovate UK, the UK’s strategic innovation agency has enabled the Centres to harness leading UK research and expertise as well as build new infrastructures and innovation.
Marketing Manager, Yoni van Breukelen, talks about the concept behind the centre, the benefits of membership and how the centre is helping farmers produce more with fewer resources.
What is the Agri-EPI Centre?
The Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation (Agri-EPI) Centre was set up as part of the UK agricultural technologies strategy to innovate technology in agriculture, or ‘Agri-Tech’, as we call it.
Agri-EPI has four agri-tech innovation ‘hubs’ located across the UK: the Northern hub in Edinburgh, the Midlands hub in Newport, the Southern hub in Cranfield and the South West Dairy Development Centre in Shepton Mallet. We are based at the Northern hub here in Edinburgh.
The organisation as a whole specialises in engineering and precision technology, bringing partners together to develop new technologies that will help farmers become more efficient and productive – essentially helping them to produce more with less.
Our Northern Agri-Tech Innovation Hub supports collaboration, research and commercial trials to growers, agronomists, retailers, scientists and researchers from across the UK and further afield.
Why did Agri-EPI choose Edinburgh Technopole and what are the benefits of being based there?
The companies and organisations working at Edinburgh Technopole, including Agri-EPI, are known for being innovative and cutting edge. It’s fantastic to be based at a hub which has that kind of reputation.
The recognition that comes from being based at a centre of scientific excellence and innovation, and opportunities for collaboration, are enhanced by co-location alongside key partners, including the University of Edinburgh, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Scotland’s Rural College - all located within Midlothian Science Zone.
What sort of institutions and companies are you partnering with?
We are a membership organisation, so we bring together a variety of players in the agri-food supply chain: farmers; universities; agri-tech and precision farming companies; agronomy and agrochemical companies; and engineers and manufacturers. For example, Tesco, a household name in groceries and retailing, is one of our members.
We work with a broad range of farms, both large and small, and many agricultural institutes and governing bodies. Big retail organisations and processors, like Bakkavor and the 2 Sisters Food Group, are also part of our network.
The agri-food and agri-tech sectors cover a broad scope of disciplines that must work together to develop new technologies and knowledge that will help make UK farming more productive. We aim to bring them together, working with our members to help them develop technology.
For further information, please contact:
Northern Agri-Tech Innovation Hub
1-4 Bush House Cottages
Penicuik, EH26 0BA
t: +44 (0)131 239 7100
- Milton Bridge
- Midlothian, EH26 0BB
Park Manager: Judith Sanderson
T: +44 (0)131 445 8600
Midlothian Science Zone
- Roslin Innovation Centre
- The University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Campus
- Midlothian, EH25 9RG, Scotland
Enquiries: Project Team
T: +44 (0)131 651 9000