Help guide the research priorities for your sector, says AHDB Horticulture

AHDB Horticulture is calling for growers to apply to join its crop sector panels for a three-year term from the start of next year.

Rob Saunders - image: AHDB Horticulture
Rob Saunders - image: AHDB Horticulture

Sector panel members help assess and plan strategic research projects that directly impact the horticultural industry. There are currently 15 vacancies across five sector panels, namely Field vegetables, Protected vegetables, Hardy nursery stock, Protected ornamentals and Tree fruit.

Successful applicants will also be responsible for helping deliver AHDB Horticulture’s three-year strategy, published in March 2017 following consultation with the industry, which will prioritise extending the available range of plant protection products and tackling the rising cost of labour.

Chair of the tree fruit panel Rob Saunders said: "AHDB has an important role to play in tackling some of the critical issues affecting our industry. I've witnessed in my involvement with panels the vital industry voice we represent which helps to steer and guide researchers and scientists to ensure their work is of value to growers."

AHDB Horticulture chairman Gary Taylor said: "We want new thinking and new ideas to come in and make positive change. The panels are the best way for AHDB to engage with the industry on what their priorities should be."

Applications can be made via the AHDB Horticulture website, which also details the expertise sought, by 31 October.

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