Have your say in shaping DAERA’s Innovation Strategy

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Enhancing support and encouraging innovation across the environment, agri-food, forestry, fisheries sectors and rural communities is the key aim of a draft Innovation Strategy, launched for consultation recently.

The Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking your views on how the Department can stimulate and support innovation by businesses and organisations operating in the sectors for which DAERA has responsibility.

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Publishing the consultation, DAERA Chief Scientific Adviser Dr Alistair Carson said, “There is a compelling rationale for DAERA to establish and encourage innovation.



“Society is facing many challenges, including feeding a growing world population and addressing climate change.

“Innovation is needed to find solutions to these issues,” he continued.

“Additionally, there is evidence that businesses that innovate grow nearly twice as quickly in both employment and turnover as non-innovators, driving economic growth and solutions to environmental challenges.



“DAERA wants to better support and encourage innovation across the environment, agri-food, forestry and fisheries sectors and rural communities to achieve economic, environmental and social benefits.

“We would like to hear the views of businesses and organisations from across these sectors, as well as from anyone who has a view on how the Department should support and encourage innovation,” he added.

Download the consultation document from the DAERA website at: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/consultations/daera/daera-innovation-strategy-2020-2025.PDF



Anyone wishing to comment must do so by Thursday 5 March 2020.

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