The Vegetable Research & Innovation (VR&I) Board was established in 2006. Other funding and contributing groups are: Tomatoes NZ Inc, Process Vegetables NZ, Onions New Zealand Inc and NZ Buttercup Squash Council.
The VR&I Board Chairman is David Hadfield, and the Vegetable Research & Innovation Coordinator is Dr Sally Anderson of Market Access Solutionz. To access the Vegetable Research & Innovation website click here.
The V R & I Board has delegated responsibility from the product groups to:
- Grow the focus on strategic R&I across the vegetable product groups.
- Recommend an R&I strategy, and from this an investment portfolio across the vegetable product groups.
- Coordinate the operation of this collective portfolio with key research providers.
- Develop and coordinate proposals with key investment agencies to grow strategic investment into vegetable R&I.
- Communicate vegetable industry R&I strategies and outcomes to key industry stakeholders.
- Manage the vegetable R&I portfolio for the achievement of outcomes desired by growers.
- Coordinate with other related portfolios, especially those product groups within Horticulture NZ and the wider horticulture industry.
The VR&I Board does not make decisions on investment in individual projects by the vegetable product groups. Product groups retain the right to make their own funding decisions via their R&D Committees but the goal is to develop a more strategic approach to this investment by incorporating the advice of the VR&I Board.