Technology Transfer Seminars
Collaboration key to industry improvement
The Baking Industry Research Trust recently held Technology Transfer Seminars in Auckland and Christchurch. A lifetime achievement award was presented to well-known industry leader Doug Leighton, who retired at the end of 2016.
Invited speakers presented on a range of industry related topics, and guests had the opportunity to hear Doug recount some of his experiences over 53 years in the industry.
There was a noticeable emphasis by all presenters on the need for continued research, collaboration and information sharing, and the importance of alliances for the benefit of the sector as a whole. Much of the research being carried out is now co-funded and carried out by more than one industry partner.
- Brian Leadley, Chairman United Wheat Growers, Vice Chair Federated Farmers Arable Industry Group
- Krishna Samy, Chairman NZ Flour Millers Research Trust (FMRT), Technical and Grain Manager for Mauri, George Weston Foods
- Arran Wilson, Research Scientist Plant & Food Research
- Dr Larisa Cato, Wheat Quality Technical Markets Manager, Australian Export Grain Innovation Centre
- Nathan Roberts, Process Improvement Manager, Goodman Fielder
Other major themes of the seminar were:
- market suitability of products – end user driven
- the relationship between growers, researchers and producers
- wheat and flour quality and suitability for purpose
- stable production and reliability
- the importance of science and research
- the influence of technology on the industry
- sustainability and environmental impact
- the importance of breeding and new cultivars
- higher yield requirements and high demand
- continuous improvement