Agriculture Minister launches CAFRE College Estate Strategy

Date published: 29 September 2022

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has visited Greenmount Campus to launch the new CAFRE College Estate Strategy 2021 – 2030.

Minister Poots is pictured with (left to right) Kyle Ross, Horticulture foundation degree; Martin McKendry, Director of CAFRE and Emma Turner, Agricultural Technology.

The new Strategy aligns the work of the CAFRE Estate to the principles within the Future Agricultural Policy Framework Portfolio of increased productivity, environmental sustainability, improved resilience and an effective, functioning supply chain.

Minister Poots said: “I am pleased to launch the new CAFRE College Estate Strategy 2021 – 2030. The Strategy includes targets which will be challenging to achieve but will place CAFRE in a good position to demonstrate the new and emerging innovations which will enable our agri-food and equine industries meet the goals of future agricultural and environmental policy.

“The key asset of our industry is the people who work within it. The CAFRE Estate plays a key role in the demonstration and transfer of knowledge to the industry stakeholders, whether that is students at the College or those working within the wider industry. This strategy ensures the continued relevance and importance of that knowledge and innovation going forward.”

Martin McKendry added: “While this strategy document sets out our objectives and targets for the decade ahead, CAFRE as a college are already rising to the challenge of working towards these targets.

“Our estate is being used to demonstrate to students and industry what is possible, whether through the elimination of peat in our horticulture centre, preserving blanket bog on our hill farm or reducing anti-microbial usage in our livestock enterprises.”

Further information can be found on the CAFRE website.

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