Teagasc has launched a project to identify key technologies with the potential to underpin agri-food competitiveness, sustainability and growth for the next 20 years.
“Teagasc has a responsibility to begin looking now at the many new technologies which are now beginning to impact on other sectors of the global economy,” said Teagasc director Prof Gerry Boyle.
“Advances in areas such as big data, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, nano-technology and biotechnology, among others, are already altering existing economic systems and business models.
“It is conceivable that such technologies could ultimately impact almost every sector of the economy, and they have the potential to bring about massive change at every stage in the food chain.
“Ireland cannot ignore these developments, and the Teagasc Foresight Project will be vital in this regard,” he said,
This study will be of major importance in prompting Teagasc to look beyond the standard three- to five-year timeframe, to think about what is possible in the long term and to develop strategies, policies and roadmaps for its research and innovation programmes.
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