Arable research difficult without more funding

The industry organisation responsible for research into improvements for arable farming says that while funding levels are adequate at the moment, it will be stretched to carry out new types of work in the future.

The Foundation for Arable Research was set up 19 years ago and is funded from a grower levy.

Chief executive Nick Pyke says the focus of research into cropping is likely to change.

"This present point in time our funding base is okay for what we are trying to do,'' he said..

"But I think, increasingly, as we get involved in research which has more environmental focus and also in research which is more around new and novel products we will be stretched if we remain at our existing funding levels."

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