The CAFRE campuses at Greenmount and Loughry will both benefit from the £75m investment announced by Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister, Edwin Poots MLA
Both will undergo a significant refurbishment programme which will include new modern student accommodation and high-tech facilities to support student learning.
Announcing the refurbishment programme, Minister Poots said: “I am delighted to announce a £75 million investment which will revolutionise the facilities at CAFRE and underpin future sustainable growth of the Northern Ireland agri-food industry.
“The buildings at the heart of Loughry and Greenmount Campuses, where students live, study and socialise, were built over 50 years ago. It is therefore fitting that my Department is making this investment in the Centenary year of Northern Ireland. Our agri-food sector has faced many challenges over the past century and has grown to develop a global reputation for high quality food and traceability. It is now time to invest in each campus to provide modern, well-designed facilities which will meet the needs of students, staff and industry during the next century.
“This investment complements the recent launch of the BSc (Hons) Degrees in Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture and the Higher Level Apprenticeships in Food and will ensure that CAFRE remains at the forefront of agri-food education across these islands.
The plans for Loughry will also include a Science Centre which will be shared with food research staff in the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI). These top class facilities will be the centre of knowledge and innovation for the industry leaders.”