Future of farming: '50 percent more food with less land'
A programme of long-term strategic and applied research
Using modern technologies to improve precision and efficiency of agricultural management practices, like genetic and breeding programmes to increase productivity
A united approach from government, research councils and producer groups to research and development, where primary producers are involved at a high level.
Work to maintain major scientific research while identifying missing skills and knowledge - and taking steps to replace them
Government departments working together on issues which affect land use
The study was commissioned by the NFU, the Royal Agricultural Society of England, the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board and the Agricultural Industries Confederation, and supported by the Technology Strategy Board.
Professor Pollock added: “We need to fund programmes for longer-term, applied research that links different sectors of industry.
“Food producers have tended in recent years to deal with today’s problems. If we want to shift the research agenda to deliver for 2030, we need to make sure that primary producers work together and with the funders of more basic research.”
NFU Vice President Adam Quinney said: “This report marks the transition from talking to action. Its strength is in presenting a united message from all sectors of agriculture and horticulture, by outlining the industry’s views on priorities for research and technology needed to meet the key food production challenges raised by the Foresight report.“Crucially, it will require buy-in from across the industry to ensure it gains momentum and achieves real change. The NFU is committed to working with farmers and growers to enable the use of innovation and knowledge exchange to benefit their businesses sustainably.”
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