Laura is Singapore-bound for agricultural conference

A north Northumberland woman is to discuss global farming issues at an international conference in Singapore later this year.

Sunday, 25th September 2016, 7:56 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 1:45 pm

Laura Mitchell, from Mount Pleasant Farm, near Norham, has been helped on her way thanks to the Border Union Agricultural Society (BUAS).

Laura will be among 400 delegates from 30 countries attending the 27th Commonwealth Agriculture Conference in Singapore.

Organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) the conference takes place from November 2-4.

Thanks to a grant from BUAS, Laura, 24, who works as an agricultural officer for the Rural Payments and Inspections and on her family farm will attend the event to discuss global issues such as food security, sustainabilityand bridging the rural-urban divide in agriculture.

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Commenting on her successful application for funding Laura said: “I am delighted to be awarded a study grant from the BUAS to attend theconference.

“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 urbanisation.

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.”

BUAS was formed in 1813 to give premiums for the best stock of different kinds, for discoveries in agriculture, either in regard to tillage or the management of grasslands and for the new and improved implements of husbandry. It now has over 1,000 members and organises events including the world famous Kelso Ram Sales.