Agrifood tech is transforming the industry. Automation, application of AI, digital sensor systems and data analysis tools are essential to improve the productivity and efficiency of the food and drink supply chains in north east Scotland.
The drive to deliver best-in-class traceability and transparency from farm to fork and fishery to plate will put the region at the forefront of satisfying growing consumer demand for provenance and trust and give its producers and processors a distinct competitive advantage.
We are working with industry and partners, to accelerate the development and adoption of technology and we are connecting digital and producer communities to develop new technology solutions that will drive efficiencies, reduce costs and contribute to national net zero carbon targets.
Projects already underway include the development of the cattle electronic data transfer system for beef production in partnership with ScotEID and Aberdeen and Northern Marts, set to deliver £100,000 of immediate annual market savings.
ONE also works with Quality Meat Scotland on the region's Pig Business Network achieving major increases in productivity and across industry collaboration.
The AgriFood Tech Boost programme, a 12-month pilot launched in 2020 will catalyse digital innovation addressing real business problems to deliver productivity improvements. Examples include an app offering livestock monitoring capability, adapting machines and equipment to work digitally via heat or optical sensors, or building a real time data system to inform decision-making.
We work with businesses with tech ideas to test their proposition, link them to expertise and funding sources, and take their development to proof of concept stage.
The three-year ONE Agritech Programme, launched in 2022, demonstrates and validates the practical application of smart agritech farming to improve productivity, sustainability and profitability on farms of all types and sizes. Two agritech demonstrator farms install, test and monitor a range of agritech solutions as part of the programme.