AgResearch representatives are looking forward to the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to environmental and regional science in Southland and Otago next week.
Chief executive Dr Tom Richardson will be among the group from the research institute, and will be presenting information about the plan and taking questions from local farmers. The Beef + Lamb New Zealand-supported meeting takes place in Gore on March 12.
Dr Richardson says the meeting is a valuable opportunity to outline the improvements in science capability its $100 million investment in new facilities will deliver and to correct the misinformation that has been circulating.
“This is another one of many meetings we’ve had with farmer and stakeholder groups in the South and it will be good to bust some of the myths currently doing the rounds about our plans.
“We’re determined to deliver the best possible results to farmers and the pastoral and agricultural industry, so they can continue to be ahead of their game in highly competitive overseas markets,” he says.
“We are retaining environmental and farms systems science at Invermay, so our scientists can work in the local conditions and with the local farmers and authorities to tackle the specific challenges faced in the area.
“We are already working with partners in Southland and Otago to extend the delivery of the world class environmental and farm science from Invermay. This is not about closing research in the region.
“We’re also working to strengthen our relationship with the University of Otago, just as we work with nearly every other university and research institute in New Zealand.”
The meeting takes place at the Heartland Hotel in Gore at 1.30, a light lunch provided by Beef + Lamb NZ will be provided from 12.30pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are coming along.