Northern Ireland has been officially represented for the first-time at the international congress of agricultural students held recently in Zurich, Switzerland.
Breaking the new ground at this year’s event – the previous Northern Ireland representative went as a member of a United Kingdom delegation – were Brian Morrison, of Inch, Downpatrick, secretary of the Agrarian Society at Queen’s University, Philip Falconer from Tamlaght, Enniskillen, now studying at Reading, and John Hynes of Rathfriland.
A total of 85 students from 16 countries took part in the 11-day congress and while the main purpose was to discuss problems and projects of mutual interest far and away the most important aspect was the discussions on the role that agricultural students can play in helping developing countries.
According to Brian Morrison, the development topic – initiated by Northern Ireland – was the most stimulating of the entire congress.
In a general comment on the congress, Brian – he is a very keen member and assistant club leader of Killyleagh YFC and came third this year in the national YFCU competition – told FarmWeek: “The experience was both enjoyable and educational although I felt too much was crammed into the 11 days available. I hope that Ulster will again be represented next year when Denmark will be hosts.”
Brian is also hoping that the SRC at Queen’s will be able to subsidise the 1970 event.
“The SRC Budget did not permit any grant to be made this year but the firm of John Thompson and Sons Ltd generously stepped in with financial help,” he said.
A very interesting programme has been arranged by the Agrarian Society for its 46th session.
Highlights include a lecture by Mr Travers Legge, editor of Farmers’ Weekly, on Thursday next entitled “Co-operation in farming – solution or stumbling block?” while on November 13 Mr R Williamson, general manager of the Pigs Marketing Board, will be the guest speaker.
Both talks will take place in the Lecture Theatre, Elmwood Avenue, at 7.30pm.