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Plans for Waikato Agricultural Research Hub

Plans for Waikato Agricultural Research Hub

21 August 2013

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Leaders in the science, education and agriculture sector met to progress plans for the Waikato Agricultural Research Hub.

Representatives from a range of Crown Research Institutes, universities and the agricultural sector met with Hamilton City Mayor, Julie Hardaker, to discuss the challenges that the country and the region face in the future development of agriculture.

Ensuring we have both clean water and productive land is a particular innovation challenge that we are up for and ideally positioned to address in the Waikato,’ says Dr Bryce Cooper, General Manager Strategy for NIWA.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Roy Crawford says the University of Waikato welcomes the initiative. “We are well placed to add social, environmental and economic value to the region.”

Currently 70% of New Zealand export goods by value are primary products. Over the last 8 years most of the country’s export growth has come from primary products. For the country to stay competitive in a global economy the government has identified the need for New Zealand to double the value of our exports to $64 billion.

Michael Spaans, CEO of Innovation Waikato comments that “The mix of educational, scientific and commercial capability in Hamilton and the Waikato will deliver increased agricultural productivity. We want to add value from farming, product design and supply chains and, crucially, better, more sustainable farming systems.”

The parties agreed that Waikato was in a unique position to contribute to research, innovation and education to achieve achieving the government’s goals for growth in export earnings and better environmental performance.

“Driving the doubling of exports through strong regional clusters is a core strategy for AgResearch. As the country’s largest Crown Research Institute we’ve got a key role to play in supporting the national aims. Agriculture is critical to Waikato’s economy, and having a strong regional innovation cluster here will help us deliver the science needed to create growth.” Dr Tom Richardson, AgResearch Chief Executive.

The parties worked on a concept document, outlining a vision and operating regime for the Waikato Agricultural Hub, with the parties meeting again in a month to finalise the document.

Hon John Luxton, Chair of Dairy NZ says “It is really important that various stakeholders, including our community, government and commercial organisations, are able to see the prize from this concept, and we look forward to discussions and feedback in the near future.”

Quick Info

The meeting was attended by senior representatives of:
• AgResearch
• NIWA
• Landcare Research
• University of Waikato
• Lincoln University
• DairyNZ
• Waikato Innovation Park
• Hamilton City Council

Wintec will join the group at future meetings.

It is intended that the Waikato Hub will focus on environmental sustainability, agritechnology industries and agribusiness education.

Dairy Exports by Region.
Dots on the map show the location of main dairy processing plants. Colours of the map show the number of dairy cattle in each region. Bars show exports of dairy through ports.


Source: Statistics New Zealand, 2011


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