UK Agritech Strategy Workshop. Mark Tatchell - Horticultural Innovation Partnership

The establishment of the UK Horticulture Innovation Partnership (HIP) in March 2013 marks a significant step for the horticulture and potato industry. Stakeholders from the research and knowledge community join forces with those in the commercial supply chain to unlock potential for innovation and growth. Their major common purpose is to identify the technological and commercial barriers which may prevent business development and to facilitate collaborative activities to address these. The HIP will provide an innovative 'think tank' to scope out the strategy to meet the technical requirements for the industry, and will also become the focal point of contact and conduit for the supply chain, supporting the development and exploitation of scientific opportunities for business and society.

Mark Tatchell has extensive experience at the executive and board level with different organisations within the horticultural industry, built on his earlier career as a research entomologist at Horticulture Research International and Rothamsted Research where he specialised in pest management systems. He was a Research Director at HRI where he worked closely with a range of stakeholders including research funders, and recently he was Chairman of Red Tractor Assurance Fresh Produce Scheme.

This presentation formed part of the afternoon Innovation Panel at the joint ESKTN, LEAF and Syngenta workshop addressing the forthcoming UK Agricultural Technology Strategy: Working together to realise the full potential of the UK's farming & environmental sciences base, held at Jealott's Hill Research Farm on 21st May 2013. The session aimed to share experiences and models for delivery of innovation, aksing "what works to speed up the route to market for innovative products and practices?"