Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots has published his Department’s Innovation Strategy 2021-2025.
The aim of this new Strategy, which is part of DAERA’s Science Strategy Framework, is to develop an innovation ecosystem which delivers for the environment, societal wellbeing and the rural economy; in line with DAERA’s Green Growth Agenda. Implementation of the Strategy will establish an enabling environment within DAERA for innovation to flourish across the Department’s remit of agri-food, environment, marine and fisheries, forestry and rural affairs.
Minister Poots said: “Innovation drives productivity, attracts international investment, aids resilience and lays the foundations for our future. The development of this Strategy is therefore critical as we seek to address issues such as climate change and the sustainability of food production. It is vital that we explore and exploit innovation to help us drive our response to these and other local and global challenges.”
Minister Poots continued: “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how vital innovation is when it comes to reacting and adapting quickly to transformation and challenge. This important Strategy has prioritised the exploitation of opportunities relating to digitisation within our sectors and the transformation of the bio economy and will help us deal with the many new technologies emerging globally that have the potential to benefit DAERA and the areas for which it has responsibility.”