News - June 9, 2005

A&F not my business

Cees Veerman, minister of agriculture, has indicated he will not be involved in the future plans of the research institute A&F after questions were asked in parliament.
According to the minister the solution for the financial problems at the institute is a question for Wageningen UR management. Veerman also added that the problems A&F is experiencing have not been caused by the ministry of agriculture, but are the result of less investment in research from the private sector. ‘The reduction in income from the market is a tendency that is visible throughout Wageningen UR,’ the minister wrote in his reply to the Lower House. ‘The income of Agrotechnology and Food Innovations has declined dramatically, in particular after a period of strong growth. I cannot change this downward trend, and it is certainly not a consequence of my policy.’ / KV