Germany: new ag minister hopes for cooperation
Germany's new agricultural minister, Ilse Aigner, made
her first public appearance at the EuroTier show on Tuesday. She emphasised a
need for relevant parties to cooperate in order to keep Germany's agriculture on
Aigner was appointed as Germany's new minister of
Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection after her predecessor Horst Seehofer
was elected to become Prime Minister of the German state of Bavaria in the end
Aigner, aged 44, and from a christian-democratic background,
promised in her first public speech to be seeking dialogue and transparency.
She announced that her policy would focus on three
aspects. Firstly, she said to encourage the enhancement of a multifunctional
agriculture – e.g. by encouraging producers to develop bioenergy initiatives to
meet demands of society's increasing demand to energy sources.
addition, Aigner said that she would support initiatives to enhance quality and
quantity of production.
Thirdly, the ministry will focus on encouraging
scientific research – a field that will receive €280 million until
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