19 Apr 2011

Gains and losses seen in further CRI mergers

3:05 pm on 19 April 2011

Some potential gains, but also losses are seen in a further over-haul of Crown Research Institutes, which could include some more mergers.

A Government task force reviewed the role and operation of the eight institutes last year, but said it saw no need for any further mergers, after Hort Research and Crop and Food were amalgamated in 2008.

But Science Minister Wayne Mapp has asked officials to have another look at restructuring options, including mergers, to see if there are further cost-cutting and efficiency gains to be made.

The Agricultural and Horticultural Science Institute says that reducing bureaucratic duplication would be one positive outcome.

However, institute president Jon Hickford says restructuring the Crown Research Institutes does not address the main issue, which is continued under-funding of science and research in this country.