An education and innovation centre has been officially opened at Reaseheath College in Nantwich.

The John Platt Centre for Agriculture was named by Jim Paice, Minister for Food and Agriculture.

The Minister toured other 21st century buildings on the college farm before unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.

The centre is the new home of the Reaseheath Agricultural Development Academy ( RADA), which aims to share cutting edge knowledge and technology transfer across the industry.

Mr Paice said: “Places like the John Platt Centre represent the future for British farming.

“With huge challenges and opportunities for British farmers to supply an increasingly hungry world, facilities like these really will lead the way on advances in technology, business and competitiveness.

“The centre will also help to attract the most talented people into the industry. British food and farming are already highly regarded all over the world, and this will help pioneer the UK’s reputation as a centre of excellence for innovation and expertise.”

The John Platt Centre is part of a recent £3.5 million investment into the college farm which includes a state-of-the-art milking parlour, an RSPCA approved pig unit and a demonstration anaerobic digester.

The building has been named in honour of keen dairy farmer John Platt, who recently retired after 15 years as chairman of Reaseheath Governors.

Reaseheath Principal Meredydd David: “John is a true leader within the agricultural community and he is held in high esteem by all whom he has helped.”

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