22nd April 2022


Rural Rap

RASPBERRY PICKING ROBOTS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED COMMERCIALLY IN TWO LOCATIONS IN PORTUGAL, reports Farming UK.  The robots, developed by Fieldwork Robotics, are fitted with four picking arms and are successfully working autonomously with various parts redesigned to reduce slippage and cut harvesting time.  The fruit being picked has passed all quality controls, and the company is now working to make the product more economical.  The long term aim is that each robot will be capable of picking over 25,000 raspberries over the course of a day, but it can keep working for as long as its batteries retain power.

A REVIEW HAS BEEN ORDERED INTO STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS POTENTIAL FOOD SHORTAGES IN BRITAIN, reports the Times.  Ministers have ordered the review to prevent a dearth of some products due to the impact that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had on global supplies.  Some of the possible measures could include robot fruit pickers.  The forthcoming food strategy white paper has been updated to include plans to reduce reliance on foreign imports and the impact of rising gas prices and climate change.  Further investment is also being considered into technology and grants to enable farmers to buy new machinery.

A NEW GCSE IN NATURAL HISTORY HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED, reports Farming UK and the CLA.  The new GCSE course, which will be launched in 2025, is designed to help “young people develop excellent knowledge of STEM, and practical opportunities to improve biodiversity and climate resilience.”  The CLA has highlighted the importance of land management in the UK when considering the development of the syllabus.  It also argues that students should be made aware of the UK’s world class food production standards, and that “British landowners and farmers are among the most progressive stewards of the natural environment found anywhere in the world.”

THE NEW UK SHARED PROSPERITY FUND SHOULD BENEFIT THOSE LIVING AND WORKING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, reports Farming UK.  The fund provides £2.6bn of new funding for local investment by March 2025. It will aim to provide additional funds to Defra specifically for rural communities and will also encourage local partnership groups have rural representation.  Responding to the launch, the NFU said that the ambition shown by the fund was “promising.”

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The Canterbury Farmers Club - Notice of General Meeting

Tuesday 26 April 2022

18.30 prompt arrival.

Please arrive at 18.30 prompt, so we can be seated and ready to eat in the cafe area from 18.45.  The meeting will commence in the events room upstairs at 20.00 sharp and coffee will be served there.

Further information from info@canterburyfarmersclub.co.uk

KENT COUNTY SHOW 8, 9, 10 July

!!!The Kent County Show is back!!!

9am to 5pm daily
The Kent Showground, Detling ME14 3JF

Tickets currently available online at www.kcas.org.uk

Children go free.  Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.