HDC chairman Neil Bragg slams University of Warwick's lack of consultation over Wellesbourne plans at UK Onion & Carrot Conference & Exhibition

Growers and other onion and carrot specialists attending this week's UK Onion & Carrot Conference & Exhibition in Peterborough heard HDC chairman Neil Bragg express his disbelief at the University of Warwick's lack of consultation over plans to amalgamate Warwick HRI Wellesbourne into a new life sciences school, writes Rachel Sixsmith.

He told delegates: "I am flabbergasted that they think they do not need to consult with stakeholders."

He said: "Warwick has failed to engage with the horticulture industry to find out where there are opportunities for further work that can still be done."

Bragg added: "As an industry we are really undervalued. Horticulture seems to be seen as an umbrella industry on the side - they forget that horticulture is worth 20% of the total value of agriculture."

The 6th UK Onion & Carrot Conference & Exhibition was sponsored by the British Carrot Growers Association, the British Onion Producers Association, Elsoms Seeds, the Allium & Brassica Centre, Bayer Crop Science and Plant Systems.

A full report on the conference will be published in the 27 November edition of Horticulture Week

 

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