• • • French PM encourages agricultural research and digital innovation
French Prime minister Edouard Philippe devoted his visit to the International Agriculture Fair to research, digital innovation and training. Edouard Philippe spent 45 minutes, instead of the 15 minutes earmarked, in discussion with the head of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). Philippe highlighted the cutting edge research accomplished by INRA in the international field and deplored that it was not sufficiently recognised.
The Prime minister said there is a gap between what is being accomplished on the ground in the agricultural sector and the perception the public has of this sector. Edouard Philippe also spent time on the Digital Farm stand which regroups around 29 start-ups.
He said that the agriculture sector in France offers great employment opportunities. The Agriculture minister, Didier Guillaume, who accompanied Edouard Philippe, said that there will be an agreement signed with the Education minister in order to ensure to boost agricultural and farming jobs.