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Drones could lead an agricultural revolution

Malvern Editorial 2nd Oct, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

DRONES and robots will play an increasingly important role in the production of food, according to the founder of Malvern’s Festival of Innovation.

Dr Adrian Burden has said agriculture is going through a ‘second significant revolution’ but, rather than being based on new farming techniques, it will be led by autonomous vehicles, big data and artificial intelligence instead.

His statement will be explored in detail at a free agri-tech day on Wednesday (October 7) at Malvern Theatres, as part of this year’s Malvern Festival of Innovation.

Keynote speakers include Mark Stansfield, Chairman of Giffgaff and Chair of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Prof Simon Blackmore from Harper Adams and Alexander Fisher, from award winning Midlands firm Saturn Bioponics, who will speak on the subject of robotic agriculture, energy use and sustainability.

“Herefordshire and Worcestershire are both predominantly rural counties with huge opportunities to capitalise on agricultural technology,” said Dr Burden.

“Both the Marches LEP and the Worcestershire LEP have identified this sector as a key focus area for the region.

“This is an opportunity for farmers, food and drink producers, business professionals and students to find out more about agri-tech and how we as a region can compete globally,” he added.

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