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Gildernew consults on Evidence and Innovation Plan

13 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA has launched a consultation on the Department of Agriculture and Rural development (DARD) Evidence and Innovation Strategy 2008-13.

Launching the consultation the Minister said:

"My Department wants to see a thriving and sustainable rural economy and environment, one which makes the most of the latest innovative ideas. To achieve this vision, we need sound evidence to ensure our policies and operational activities are the right ones. This new strategy will provide us with a broad framework, to guide our funding of research to support these goals.

"During the drafting of this strategy my officials benefited from discussions with a wide range of stakeholders and the draft strategy includes proposals for future collaboration with relevant organisations. I would encourage all stakeholders to consider the draft Strategy and to let my Department have your views."

The draft Strategy can be accessed online. The consultation will run from 13 June 2008 until 4 September 2008.

Notes to Editors:

Hard copies of the Consultation document and copies in other formats, e.g. large print, Braille disc, audiocassette and other languages, can also be obtained from:-

Rosalind Dempsey
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Research and Education Policy Branch
Room 359 Dundonald House
Belfast BT4 3SB.

Telephone: 028 9052 4625
Textphone: 028 9052 4420

E-mail: [email protected]

Responses should be made to Rosalind Dempsey at the above address. The deadline for replies to the consultation is Thursday 4 September 2008.

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