Today I was delighted to Chair the meeting to launch the publication of ABC’s Going for Growth Report. The Report paves the way for the agriculture industry to truly lead an economic recovery fuelled through export growth and sustainable development. It highlights the need to focus on political and trade links with emerging markets, promote and unlock the economic potential of the UK’s world class agricultural research in the Government’s growth drive, and the need to work across Governments in a coordinated project to promote the appliance of UK science in this key sector.
Today's announcement of £250m of new funding for the UK Bio-economy is a historic shift in the development of a new Industrial Policy for Science and Innovation, and paves the way for the UK - and the Norwich Research Park - to lead a new Green Revolution in crop science. The announcement by Rt. Hon. David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, of £250m new funding for the bio-economy is the launch pad of a new era of UK leadership in the bio-economy revolution sweeping the globe. We face an urgent challenge of global sustainable development. [read more]