Laura Heads to Singapore to Build Capability and Networks in Agricultural Sector

Laura Mitchell standing in front of hay stack

Laura Heads to Singapore to Build Capability and Networks in Agricultural Sector

Laura Mitchell from Mount Pleasant Farm, Berwick upon Tweed has been awarded a grant from the Border Union Agricultural Society to attend the 27th Commonwealth Agriculture Conference in Singapore organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC).

Taking place from 2 – 4 November, Laura, 24 who works as an Agricultural Officer for the Rural Payments and Inspections and on her family farm will be amongst 400 delegates from thirty nations who will join RASC present, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, to discuss global issues such as food security, sustainability and bridging the rural-urban divide in agriculture.

Commenting on her successful application for funding Laura said: “I am delighted to be awarded a study grant from the Border Union Agricultural Society to attend the conference. I am looking forward to networking with likeminded people who are also involved in the Agricultural Industry. It is a hugely exciting industry to be involved in and I am hoping that the conference will broaden my knowledge of the Industry at a wider level and provide inspiration from other commonwealth countries as to how they are addressing the ‘rural-urban divide’.”

The delegates will get an opportunity to see tropical agriculture in Singapore and Johore, Malaysia and learn about how Singapore’s farms have innovated and survived despite nearly full urbanization.

Michael Lambert, RASC’s honorary secretary added: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage with agricultural powerhouses from ASEAN, Asia and Europe. Food security is not just a Commonwealth issue. As the Commonwealth evolves, it will embrace the contributions of non-Commonwealth nations in this very important area of humanity – agriculture.”

Delegate places are still available to attend the conference. www.rasc.2016singapore.com

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