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Gove talks up importance of R&D at farming conference

Technology is transforming farming and must be embraced, the environment secretary Michael Gove has told farmers.

Gove was speaking at the National Farmers Union annual conference in Birmingham on 19 February. He said that developments such as artificial intelligence, genomics, drones and life sciences breakthroughs are “re-making the organisation and economics of food production”.

The environment secretary said that the government was spending more on R&D, specifically to help individual farmers invest in technology so that they could increase their productivity and protect the environment for the future.

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