Farm and food sector applicants sought for NI research body

Three new members are being sought for the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) Board in Northern Ireland (NI), taking on a range of responsibilities, including overseeing decisions relating to animal health and welfare.

The start of the appointments process was announced by NI’s agriculture and rural development minister, Michelle O’Neill (pictured above), who said there this is a need within AFBI for members who have “experience in the agriculture or food sectors” as well as those with financial planning and management skills.

AFBI carries out “high technology research and development, statutory, analytical, and diagnostic testing functions” for NI’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and other Government departments, public bodies and commercial companies.

The organisation is “empowered” to undertake scientific work, research and development, testing, advice and information on scientific matters and dissemination of the results of scientific research. Its range includes agriculture, animal health and welfare, food, fisheries, forestry, the natural environment and rural development and enterprise.

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