Thursday, July 7, 2022

Lincoln hub plans unveiled

Plans for a world-class agricultural research and education facility at Lincoln, near Christchurch, have been unveiled today by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

The Lincoln Hub concept plans and business proposal have been developed by a partnership of Lincoln University, DairyNZ and Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, and Landcare Research. 

“The Lincoln Hub has the potential to transform New Zealand’s farming productivity by providing a one-stop shop allowing information and ideas to be shared more easily,” Joyce said. 

“Internationally, science and innovation parks that collect together public and private organisations in one place drive a lot of education, science and innovation. The Lincoln Hub can achieve this for New Zealand farming.” 

Guy said The Hub will play a key role in bringing together public research organisations, private sector players, farmers and producers. 

“The primary sector remains the powerhouse of the New Zealand economy and the Government has an ambitious goal to double exports from this sector from $30 billion to $60 billion by 2025,” Guy said. 

The concept behind Lincoln Hub — where world-class educators, research organisations and businesses are physically located together to drive innovation and exports — is a key initiative of the Building Innovation stream of the Government’s Business Growth Agenda.

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