Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Project to convert more ideas into economic benefit

PRIMARY INNOVATION

Media Release
10 December 2012


Project aims to boost economic success through closer look at innovation system

The Primary Innovation project, a collaboration across the primary sector, has been launched as a new Government-backed initiative looking at the best way to convert ideas from scientific research into innovations that will improve New Zealand’s economy.

The project, led by AgResearch scientist James Turner, is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and will include scientists from a number of primary industry sector research organisations, growers, farmers and foresters.

“We are looking at how innovation happens in the primary industries. If we can find ways to improve the innovation system, the benefits will be considerable,” says Dr Turner.


“We’ve seen before how when great ideas coming out of science are actually put into practice there can be significant economic benefits. We’re hoping to create a repeatable process for making that happen routinely and create more success stories for farmers and growers,” he says.

The New Zealand project will draw on learnings from a similar research project in The Netherlands. Dr Laurens Klerkx, the leader of the Dutch project and Associate Professor at the Knowledge, Innovation and Technology Group at Wageningen University is in New Zealand from 17 December running several workshops to help launch the Primary Innovation project. He will meet with Government officials and members of the science community while in New Zealand.

The New Zealand project will see research case studies established during its five-year timeframe. PRIMARY INNOVATION will not only seek to come up with research solutions from the case studies, but have better application and adoption of the solutions so that the process can be mirrored.

Mark Paine, DairyNZ’s Strategy and Investment Leader - People and Business says the project will make the most of what we already have.

“Focusing on the connection between science and the end user of the research is important. We have innovative farmers and we have scientists capable of providing innovative solutions. The aim of PRIMARY INNOVATION is to make those connections ‘real world’ to create a sustainable economic difference,” he says.

The concept being tested with PRIMARY INNOVATION is for the project to have webs of participants in the New Zealand primary industries forming innovation networks to develop solutions together to the primary industry’s most pressing problems.

The case studies that have been planned to help focus the research team’s observations and interactions are:

• Dairy herd reproductive performance
• Managing the tomato potato psyllid in potato crops
• Forestry products links to market
• And optimising water use in Canterbury based on climate information..

Participating organisations in PRIMARY INNOVATION include Future Forests Research Ltd., DairyNZ, Scion, Landcare Research, NZ Winegrowers, NIWA, Centre of Excellence for Farm Business Management, Pipfruit NZ, Plant & Food Research, ESR, Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry for the Environment, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Horticulture NZ, Anzco Foods and AgResearch.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Gambling: SkyCity First Half Profit Rises 30%, Helped By High Rollers

SkyCity anticipates the Auckland business will benefit from government gaming concessions which were triggered on Nov. 11 in recognition of SkyCity’s $470 million Convention Centre development. Morrison said the concessions would allow the Auckland business to lift its activity during peak period, noting it had a record revenue week over the Christmas and New Year period. More>>

ALSO:

Money For Light: Kiwi Scientists Secure Preferential Access To Synchrotron

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced a three-year investment of $2.8 million in the Australian Synchrotron, the largest piece of scientific infrastructure in the Southern Hemisphere, to secure preferential access for Kiwi scientists. More>>

Telco Industry Report: Investment Hits $1.7 Bln A Year

Investment in the telecommunications sector is $1.7 billion a year, proportionately one of the highest levels in the OECD, according to a report released today on the status of the New Zealand sector. More>>

ALSO:

PGPs: New Programme Sets Sights On Strong Wool

A new collaboration between The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), announced today, aims to deliver premiums for New Zealand's strong wool sector... More>>

ALSO:

Restrictions Lifted: No Further Tau Flies Found

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirms that all restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables in Manurewa, Auckland, due to the Tau fly, have been lifted as of 2.26pm on Sunday 7 February. More>>

Crowdfinding: Awaroa Beach To Become Public Land If Appeal Succeeds

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says a privately-owned beach will become part of the Abel Tasman National Park if an online crowdfunding campaign to buy it succeeds... More>>

ALSO:

Meat Workers Union: Waitangi Mondayisation Flaunted By Large Employer Of Maori

At the AFFCO Talley owned meat plant in Rangiuru, the company has resorted to bullying and threats... saying they could be disciplined and their union sued for an unlawful strike if workers exercise their rights to a paid day off tomorrow. More>>

Earlier:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news