THE Farming Minister has said we must encourage new concepts, new ideas and new solutions to maximise opportunities for Northern Ireland’s agriculture, food, environment, marine, forestry and rural sectors.
Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Minister Edwin Poots made the comments as he called for views on his Department’s draft Innovation Strategy, currently out for consultation.
Mr Poots said: “We are facing many complex challenges requiring innovative solutions, including climate change and a growing world population.
“We need to be better at generating and exploiting novel ideas, improving processes and technologies and finding new ways of doing things. We have to find more resilient and sustainable ways to produce food efficiently with a lower environmental footprint.
“Science and innovation are at the very heart of that challenge. I want this strategy to create an innovative culture across Northern Ireland.
“We cannot continue to do more of the same, I want to see a step change in the approach we take to encourage and support innovation in the agriculture, food, environment, marine, forestry and rural sectors. The need for innovation has never been greater.”
“I would encourage anyone with an interest to take the opportunity to help shape the new DAERA Innovation Strategy,” the minister added.
DAERA’s draft Innovation Strategy consultation document is currently available for comment. Responses will be accepted until Thursday, March 5, 2020.
Download the consultation document from the DAERA website.