Crop & Food Research and HortResearch want to get back together.
Today HortResearch’s acting chief executive Bruce Campbell said international expectations around research and development had shifted in recent years.
“Rising food prices, and some real concerns about our ability to supply food to countries such as India and China as their wealth increases raise the question of how NZ and its food-growing should be positioned to do the best that we can,” Dr Campbell told NZPA.
Food production was a “burning platform” and NZ needed to be able to do the best that it could on a world stage.
“We need to using all the resources that we’ve got to make sure we’re going as fast as we can.”
Scientists complain they spend too much time applying for funds and not enough time in research.
A merger may not halve the time spent on applications but it would avoid duplication and competition. It might also reduce administration and all of that would enable more time and money to be spent on research.