AgriSearch has welcomed the publication of DAERA’s stakeholder engagement paper on the future agricultural policy framework for Northern Ireland.
AgriSearch Chairman John Henning said, “We are pleased that the document recognises the importance of science, innovation, knowledge exchange and continuous professional development in delivering both increased productivity and improved environmental sustainability. AgriSearch is already leading and participating in a wide portfolio of research projects that are aimed at delivering these goals.
“We welcome the proposals to take a broader look at the “Productivity Grand Challenge”, the adoption of a multi-actor approach and a move to longer term research programmes. We would particularly welcome the integration of science with knowledge exchange and education.
“AgriSearch’s mission is to drive profitability and sustainability, as a trusted, valued conduit of knowledge and information based on sound science and widely applied research. We provide a means for farmers to have a voice and a role in research and innovation which will deliver the tools and information needed to compete in an ever-changing world. We look forward to engaging with industry and government partners in the development and implementation of the new agricultural policy.”