Sainsbury’s is to fund a new research project with farmers’ cooperative Camgrain, in a bid to improve efficiencies and quality.

The grant was awarded by Sainsbury’s research and development grant scheme, which looks to develop innovative supply chain ideas.

Camgrain farmers, taking part in the Sainsbury’s wheat development group, will work with ADAS - an independent provider of environmental consultancy services, to develop an in-season protein predictions system.

A system such as this has the potential to reduce fertiliser wastage and costs of production, making farms more efficient and helping to minimise environmental impacts, according to Camgrain.

The retailer received 70 applications for funding, from which 14 were projects were selected.

Judith Batchelar, director, Sainsbury’s Brand, said: “The quality of the applications comes as a stark contrast to the perception that agricultural innovation has slowed in recent years.

“As we work towards our 20 x 20 sustainability plan a number of these projects will put us in good stead to achieve our stretching targets including doubling sales of British and sourcing key raw materials sustainably.”

Camgrain exclusively supplies milling wheat for Sainsbury’s in-store bakeries and own-label flour.