Presentation on theme: "All-Party Parliamentary group on Science & Technology in Agriculture The challenges presented for Applied R&D, Within Agriculture & Horticulture. Where."— Presentation transcript:
All-Party Parliamentary group on Science & Technology in Agriculture The challenges presented for Applied R&D, Within Agriculture & Horticulture. Where are the funding stream & facilities? Presented by: Neil Bragg Chair of HDC Managing Horticulture within AHDB
Background to HDC HDC started in 1986 –300 crops and 35 Cropping associations- Income – Approx £5million – –90% spent on R&D –Through panels- »Field Veg, Top Fruit, Soft Fruit, Protected Edibles, Protected Ornamentals, Nursery stock, Bulbs and Cut flowers & Mushrooms
Challenges for Applied research National Horticultural Forum (NHF) Review of the provision of UK Horticultural R&D –Brian Jamieson et al Aug 2008 »Available on HDC & NFU websites
Main Conclusions form the Jamieson review – no: 1 This latter review clearly identified the challenges for the HDC in the light of the falling centralised funding of R&D and support for the existing R&D infrastructure in the UK. –By 2012, loss of all guarantee funds - £7-8 million per year?????
Main Conclusions form the Jamieson review – no 2 The report also identifies that there specific skills shortages specifically in basic areas of agronomy related to horticulture –See also the RASE report on Soils and water management –Age profiles of existing professionals
Funding streams Defra – Link – scattergun approach –Now disappearing ? Go Sci – TSB – specific targets via Agri/food platform- –E.g. Crop Protection –What about ornamentals- life quality BBSRC – Techno clubs 90% EU – calls for concepts- HDC/SME’s RDA’s – innovation in Business
Physical resources then & now Loss over the last twenty years –EHS’s. eg Lea Valley – 8 or 9 –GCRI, Long Ashton, Wellesbourne- –Kirton Remaining: –Warwick HRI, EMR, STC, SCRI, –ADAS, NIAB, –Cranfield, Harper Adams –Universities
Physical resources in 5 &10 years EMR, STC, ADAS Cranfield & Harper Adams Universities at high level- Warwick, Lancs, York EM Trust Cranfield & Harper Universities ???????????????
What is happening in other Countries? Australia – HAL – matched funds Denmark – Levy central collection – CA delivery- applied centres now part of Universities Germany – Still centres in most regions France – Astredhor- 14 substations ROI – Teagasc- Student/Advise and R&D
HDC initiatives Encourage collaboration –Currently ADAS/EMR/STC working on HortLINK project/TSB submission Seeking to get remaining expertise recognised and saved as mentor group Set up strategic R&D groups Look for the ‘impact’ of the science
Challenges to the levy payers Levy payers will have to work as a business development group? Growers will have to accept levy being diverted into Strategic work areas? Levy payers will have to support specific centres for applied research? For discussion please