Farming robots to boost clean yields?

Robotic farmers and AI are set to gain £16.5m in government support

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The government has set aside £16.5 million to boost the use of artificial intelligence in farming, making it more efficient and sustainable.

Projects will be funded that are building agricultural robots to increase production levels and harvests, as well as those focusing on the welfare of animals.

UK Research and Innovation will lead the Farming Innovation Programme, with grants of up to £500,000 being awarded to different projects.

Autonomous technology which has a sole focus on increasing the yield of fruit crops, sustainably powered ‘agri-robots’ and artificial intelligence running the operations of farms are the key projects being funded.

Farming Innovation Minister, Steve Double, said: “With the right funding and support – there are great productivity and environmental sustainability gains to be made.”