Kingston Maurward College for Agricultural sector development in Smart Precision Farming and Food Production

 

Growth Deal funding up to £900,000

Kingston Maurward College has officially unveiled its new £1.2 million state-of-the-art agri-tech centre today co-financed with Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership through the Dorset Growth Deal.

The contemporary agri-tech centre took five months to build and positions Kingston Maurward College at the forefront of agricultural training facilities in the region.  The purpose built facility comprises an agricultural classroom, an IT suite, a high spec workshop and machinery facilities including a fleet of tractors, a GPS tractor, plough, sprayer and variable rate drill.

Providing high quality further education in Dorset is fundamental to advancing career prospects of workers and students in the county.  The investment at Kingston Maurward College reaffirms Dorset LEP’s commitment to Dorset’s rural and agricultural strengths.

Clare Davison, Principal of Kingston Maurward College said:

“The College is extremely grateful and fortunate to have had the support of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership in order to be able to complete this project. Their support in co-financing this project has enabled the College to invest not only in a wonderful new facility, but also in state of the art equipment totalling some £1.2 million. Every year employer and student expectations rise. The College must continue to apply and adopt new science and technological developments in order to carry on thriving and remain relevant to the industries it serves and the students that enrol here. Access to these contemporary facilities and equipment will enable the take up of breakthroughs across nutrition, informatics, remote sensing and low impact agriculture. All of this can be exploited across the rural Dorset economy to help increase productivity.”

An end of project report has been produced for the project, you can download it here.

 

 

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