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Agresearch Plans Must Not Compromise Sheep And Beef Research

B+LNZ Seeks Assurance Agresearch Plans Will Not Compromise Sheep And Beef Research

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) understands the strategic intent behind AgResearch’s confirmed proposal to restructure, but is seeking assurance around research outcomes and future science capability for the sheep and beef sector, says B+LNZ chairman James Parsons.

Mr Parsons’ comments are in response to today’s announcement by AgResearch initiating the next phase of its Future Footprint Proposal. This will involve four sites – Hamilton, Palmerston North, Lincoln and Invermay – with head office activities based at Lincoln.

Mr Parsons says B+LNZ supports the concept of strong links between research and education. Establishing multidisciplinary science and business innovation hubs can assist in delivering on this objective.

“Like AgResearch and other sector stakeholders, B+LNZ appreciates that the plan is not without risk. Any restructuring proposal and relocation of staff is very unsettling and this proposal is no exception.

“B+LNZ respects it is the call of the AgResearch leadership as to how it runs its business and where it locates its staff. However, before being satisfied, B+LNZ requires more information that suitable plans and mitigations are in place so our research outcomes are not compromised and science capability is retained.”

B+LNZ and AgResearch have agreed to work closely together as B+LNZ seeks more detail. B+LNZ has agreed to assist where possible to minimise disruption, ensuring that current and new B+LNZ research investments are able to be delivered as planned.

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