Sinn Féin MLA and vice chair of AERA committee, Caoimhe Archibald stated that science and research are vitally important to the future of agriculture.
Speaking on the EAAP 2016, 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, Caoimhe Archibald said:
“This conference’s theme is Sustainable Food Production: Livestock’s Key Role and the programme is jam-packed with high quality research on all aspects of animal science. I was pleased to sit in on some sessions today.
“With the importance of agriculture to our local economy it is important to highlight the key role that research and technology will play in the future of the sector. The presentations at the conference are very topical.
“There are huge challenges in meeting targets for greenhouse gas emission in the face of increasing demand for food production due to the increasing population, R&D will play a big role in improving efficiencies to tackle this.
“While the potential of genomics for use in breeding technology is also increasingly being exploited.
“Mindful of the challenges facing agriculture in the short and longer term and the need for investment in research, the impact of the loss of European funding as a result of the EU referendum result cannot be overstated.
“Our universities, research institutes and businesses need to be able to access funding and to be involved in, and importantly lead, collaborative projects with EU partners to continue to be successful.”