Teagasc and HDC sign memorandum of understanding

Irish Agriculture and Food quango Teagasc has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the HDC to increase the levels of co-operation and collaboration between the two organisations for the benefit of the horticulture sectors in Ireland and the UK.

As part of the Teagasc plan for the development of horticulture 2010-2013 Teagasc identified the requirement for closer co-operation with similar organisations in other countries as central to maximising the flow of knowledge to the Irish horticultural sector.

The boddies will collaborate on development strategies for horticulture, on co-funding research projects, sharing information and hosting joint events.

Teagasc horticulture head Jim O’Mahony said:

"We are delighted with this very progressive development which is already inspiring our Research and Advisory Staff by opening up access to vast resources and possibilities of joint projects. This is an important agreement for Teagasc whereby the collaboration of the research and advisory resources of the two organisations will improve the service delivered to commercial horticulture producers in Ireland and will support the development of the sector into the future."

HDC horticulture director Dr Bill Parker said:

"I look forward to collaborating with Teagasc staff to identify future horticultural prospects of mutual interest and working together to bring them to fruition for the benefit of HDC levy payers."

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