A meeting in Gore next week will be a good opportunity to
''bust some of the myths'' doing the rounds about AgResearch's
restructuring plans, chief executive Dr Tom Richardson says.
The meeting, at the Heartland Hotel on Wednesday at 1.30pm,
was set up by the Southern Texel Breeders Association, which
was concerned about the decision to cut jobs from the
In a statement, Dr Richardson said the meeting was a valuable
opportunity to outline the improvements in science capability
AgResearch's $100 million investment in new facilities would
deliver, and to correct misinformation that had been
AgResearch was retaining environmental and farm systems
science at Invermay, so its scientists could work in the
local conditions and with local farmers and authorities to
tackle the specific challenges faced in the area.
It was already working with partners in Otago and Southland
to extend the delivery of the ''world class'' environmental
and farm science from Invermay.
''This is not about closing research in the region,'' Dr
AgResearch was also working to strengthen its relationship
with the University of Otago ''just as we work with nearly
every other university and research institute in New
Zealand'', he said.
Dr Richardson will attend the meeting, among a group from the
research institute, and will present information about the
plan and take questions.
A notice of meeting sent out by Hugh Gardyne and Hamish
Bielski, from the Southern Texel Breeders Association, said
recently released reviews of the business case of the
relocation proposal indicated no compelling case to proceed
They believed the retention of Invermay fitted with the
Government's strategy in all aspects of regional development,
economic growth and knowledge transfer.
The meeting would allow all attending to express their views
on the proposal, they said.