Net Zero Hectare’ project:

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Partners acquire £2 million investment funding.

UK innovators have acquired major funding for research into sustainably changing the way potatoes are grown, stored and transported.

The Net Zero Hectare project is led by supplier Branston in partnership with B-hive Innovations, Crop Systems Ltd, The University of Lincoln, David Armstrong Farms and Arbikie Distillery.

The partnership has secured total funding of £2.06 million from The Farming Innovation Programme, run by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in cooperation with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

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The project aims to investigate new methods to contribute towards a net zero carbon supply chain for potato crop. The three-year project will work with industry experts in each area, looking to tackle the three key areas of emissions in growing ware potato crops: Fertiliser, storage, and transport.

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