With mile after mile of fertile land we have a thriving agricultural technology sector with over 2,200 agricultural businesses based across the county. Our key strengths are in dairy and grassland farming and of course, we’re famous for our Cheshire cheese.
The rural economy is a strategic priority, with agricultural technologies being identified by Government as a key driver for economic growth. This has presented a significant opportunity for Cheshire East to expand as a hub for AgriTech, bringing together farmers, growers and scientists to exploit the use of technology to achieve sustainable productivity growth in both agriculture and processing.
As a predominantly rural borough, Cheshire East is home to Reaseheath College, recognised as one of the top national specialist land-based colleges in the UK. Reaseheath’s success and growth is being supported by an ambitious £50 million capital investment programme to increase the productivity and efficiency of farming and forestry businesses – by establishing a National Centre of Excellence for AgriTech. The college is working in partnership with the Council to pilot a new Food Enterprise Zone, aimed at encouraging growth in food growing, supply and farming.
Across Cheshire East, AgriTech accounts for over £2.9 billion and around 30% of the Borough’s economic output and more than a third (62,900) of the Borough’s workforce.