22 Nov 2012

Farmers and scientists working together seen as key

12:45 pm on 22 November 2012

A Massey University project has found that getting farmers and scientists to work directly together is the key to improving the uptake of new technology and ideas on farms.

A group of seven Massey agricultural and social scientists have been investigating how farmers learn about new technology.

The project was funded by the National Research Centre for Growth & Development.

Dr Alison Sewell from Massey University's College of Education said part of the project has involved the scientists working with 19 pastoral farmers on a trial comparing different pasture varieites.

She said they found that getting farmers and scientists to work together had been most effective in connecting farmers with new developments.

The group hopes to expand the project and try it in other regions.