Netherlands: One institute for animal health
The Netherlands is working towards one organisation for animal health covering areas from research to improvement programs on the farms.
To achieve this, the Animal Sciences Group (ASG) of Wageningen University and the National Animal Health Service (GD) will join forces. In the new combination all parties will continue their own activities. The group employs 1,400 people and has an annual turnover of € 175 million.
Current GD-director Anton Pijpers will lead the new cooperation, which will come into existence in the next few months.
ASG and GD see this new effort as a perfect answer to the scale-up in agriculture and the international quality improvements in the food and agriculture sector and to be able to better. Both organisations emphasise that this joint effort is of utmost importance to stay ahead in knowledge intensive agriculture sectors.
A strong basis is imporant for Dutch animal husbandry to keep further improve its leading global position.