Four major breeding companies want to bring their R&D activities together under a new centre on Wageningen campus. This is stated in the innovation contract of the Agrofood top sector.
The breeding companies will together invest 10 million euros per year on pre-competitive and high-riskresearch. An example is genomic selection, from which the companies can obtain useful information from big and complex databases for their breeding programmes.
Whether the government will match this investment with public research funds is still uncertain. The private sector has submitted innovation plans totalling 184 million euros to the Agrofood top sector, but Minister Verhagen has only 72 million euros of government co-financing funds available. The top sector and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation have yet to decide which projects are eligible for co-finance.