16 January 2001
Ministry conference explores IT

By FWi staff

E-COMMERCE and farming will be under discussion at a special Ministry of Agriculture conference on Tuesday (16 January).

Delegates will explore what the ministry can do to make the most of information technology.

A recent ministry report showed that between half and two-thirds of farmers already have computers.

Junior Agriculture minister Joyce Quin told the BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme that IT was a vital part of the future for farming.

She saw opportunities in ebusiness and in MAFF plans to shift subsidy claims to the Internet.