The £1.86 million Eastern AgriGate Research Hub is now complete.
The centre was officially opened by George Freeman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Life Sciences and Lucy Frazer, MP for South East Cambridgeshire in November 2015.
In 2014, the Eastern Agri-Tech Initiative called for project proposals to create a new Innovation Centre to further strengthen the local area’s position as a leader in the field of Agri-Tech.
The first of its kind in the UK, the Eastern AgriGate Research Hub, based at Hasse Fen near Soham and managed by NIAB, is a well-equipped field station, carrying out commercial scale research to increase productivity and reduce crop wastage before produce reaches the processor and retailer. The hub will provide space for research work, as well as in-field crop research capacity and modern meeting facilities.
The successful bid was led by NIAB, securing £600,000 towards the creation of the AgriGate Research Hub in Soham, Cambridgeshire.
The project is expected to create 92 jobs, safeguard a further 168 jobs and create 18 apprenticeship opportunities.
Funded by the Regional Growth Fund.