TAFE, UK var­sity col­lab­o­ra­tion to de­velop in­no­va­tive agri-so­lu­tions

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Trac­tors and Farm Equip­ment Lim­ited (TAFE) has en­tered into a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the UK-based Harper Adams Univer­sity (HAU) to de­velop ad­vanced tech­no­log­i­cal, agro­nomic and ed­u­ca­tional so­lu­tions for the de­liv­ery of sus­tain­able food pro­duc­tion around the world.

HAU is an agri­cul­ture univer­sity es­tab­lished in 1901. The Agri­cul­ture Engi­neer­ing Pre­ci­sion and In­no­va­tion – Agri-EPI Cen­tre - is one of the 4 na­tional Cen­tres for Agri­cul­tural In­no­va­tion in the UK. TAFE’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with HAU’s Agri-EPI Cen­tre will in­clude joint re­search projects and pro­grammes, joint pub­li­ca­tions and staff ex­changes. The ar­eas of re­search will fo­cus on agri­cul­ture, engi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes on au­tonomous farm­ing and en­ergy ef­fi­cient im­ple­ments, Un­manned Aerial Ve­hi­cle (UAV) sys­tems and sen­sor tech­nolo­gies, and the Hands­free hectare project to be im­ple­mented at JFarm In­dia – TAFE’s adap­tive agri­cul­ture re­search cen­tre.

TAFE Pres­i­dent & COO, T R Ke­sa­van said, “The col­lab­o­ra­tion with Harper Adams Agri-EPI Cen­tre is a reaf­fir­ma­tion of TAFE’s com­mit­ment to its vi­sion of ‘Cul­ti­vat­ing the World’ as it aims to com­bine in­te­grated farm­ing tech­niques with pre­ci­sion agri­cul­ture and engi­neer­ing to de­velop sus­tain­able farm­ing mod­els that work for both mar­ginal and large farms. This col­lab­o­ra­tion will pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for de­vel­op­ing a range of ad­vanced train­ing skills, learn­ing and the pro­mo­tion of in­ter­na­tional tech­nol­ogy trans­fer and ex­change.”

En­gi­neers from TAFE have moved to the new Agri-EPI Cen­tre on the HAU cam­pus to work on the cen­tre’s first ma­jor re­search and de­vel­op­ment project. On the team’s ar­rival, HAU Engi­neer­ing Lec­turer, Kit Franklin said, “We at Harper Adams have been build­ing con­tacts with TAFE for the last 18 months. It’s great to have this young and en­thu­si­as­tic team of en­gi­neers from TAFE’s Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence here in the UK where we’re about to start our first col­lab­o­ra­tive engi­neer­ing project. Along with the com­ple­tion of the project, I hope the team will get a flavour of Bri­tish agri­cul­ture, help­ing them to re­turn with fresh new ideas.”

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