The sector that feeds us

It is that time of year when agriculture gets something of optimism for the future of the sector.

Calvin Daniels

January 15, 2024

That boost in hope for farming's future comes from the series of research projects being supported with grants, many of those announcements come as a new year dawns.

If you were following all the announcements, one might think great advances will occur virtually overnight, but ultimately, research by its nature is a slow process, and there will often be unexpected bumps along the way to overcome.

That means developing just a single new variety of a cereal might take years, and if the research is attempting to do something beyond yield, better drought or specific disease resistance as examples - it becomes 'trickier' and trickier and will typically take more time. So research is time-consuming, and that equates to generally costly, too.

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