Harper Adams to research 'farm robots' with Chinese university

HARPER Adams University has been awarded £36,000 to fund collaborative research with a leading agricultural university in China.

The partnership, which is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Chinese Ministry of Education, will see the universities research precision farming techniques, including robots.

Director of International Policy, Professor Brian Revell, said: “Both universities are researching precision farming technologies and intend to create a joint research programme that will develop ground-based robots and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

“The research will develop the protocols and controls required to operate a mixed fleet of robot agricultural vehicles that will be capable of a diverse range of farming tasks anywhere in the world.”

Mr Revell said examples included technology to locate and round up livestock in remote areas, precision application of fertiliser and the integration of Controlled Traffic Farming.

The purpose of the programme is to increase the number of higher education partnerships between the UK and China, in emerging academic areas of interest, as well as traditional areas such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and business and finance.

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