Anja Geitmann, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and a few of McGill’s high agricultural and environmental researchers, just lately hosted André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Meals at Macdonald Campus.
The Minister himself requested the assembly. He has additionally just lately held the same assembly with researchers on the Université Laval.
“I need to be taught extra about your analysis and listen to your concepts on the challenges going through Quebec agriculture and the way we are able to rework the trade to greatest reply to these challenges,” he stated. “I additionally need to hear what avenues or programs of motion you assume we must always prioritize. There are monumental calls for being positioned upon us, however our assets are restricted. Once we decide, we need to guarantee it’s an knowledgeable one.”
Minister Lamontagne started his go to on the Macdonald Campus Dairy Unit. Dean Geitmann gave him a tour of the services, which serve the distinctive multi-functional function throughout the College of analysis, training and milk manufacturing.
From there, the Minister made his option to the College Lounge within the Macdonald-Stewart Constructing for a roundtable dialogue with the next researchers beneath 4 key themes. The roundtable was moderated by Salwa Karboune, Affiliate Dean (Analysis); and Scientific Director, Consortium for Analysis, Innovation and Transformation of Agrifood.
Sustainable crop and animal manufacturing programs
Sustainable administration of water and soil
Ecology and sustainability
Secure, nutritious and safe meals provide
Every researcher gave a short overview of their respective work with Minister Lamontagne asking questions. He appeared notably within the applicability of the analysis to Quebec farmers and meals producers; the feasibility of enhancing high quality and amount of meals manufacturing in sustainable methods; and the extent to which researchers are collaborating with trade and colleagues from different establishments.
On the finish of the roundtable, the Minister thanked Dean Geitmann and the researchers for his or her time and experience, expressing his need to faucet into this experience to assist drive Quebec agriculture and meals manufacturing. “Uncertainty typically holds individuals again from breaking away from what they already know and innovating,” he stated. “Your work is extraordinarily essential in growing concrete measures that may be employed instantly within the area to enhance manufacturing.”
Following the analysis roundtable, the Minister participated in a roundtable dialogue with college students that was moderated by Pascal Thériault, Director, Farm Administration and Know-how.