Strategic Projects Manager Gordon Ackroyd and Development Assistant Kieran Roberts travelled down to North Arm, for a field meeting with new Falkland Landholdings Ltd General Manager Neil Judd.

The visit was to see at FLH’s sheep business “in context”, and the chance to talk  about this in depth with Neil and the farm’s manager Steven Dickson - and to watch the shearing getting under way.

With a number of crucial sheep sector projects high on the Development Corporation’s agenda, this was a terrific opportunity for FIDC to form ideas, to help forge cooperative working – and to explain FIDC’s current projects.

FIDC’s new Director of Wool Innovation Greg Green will arrive in the coming weeks to work on value-adding and new approaches to supporting the industry - which includes the wool handling and warehousing. This critical infrastructure also comes under the Rural Development Strategy remit, in which FIDC is also currently promoting grant support for capital improvement on farms, renewable power, and Camp workers’ accommodation.

Also of great interest to FIDC in the wide-ranging North Arm discussion was how the animals’ genetics, and sheep numbers, will act as drivers at FIDC’s FIMCo subsidiary, in the longer term.

FIDC Projects staff thank Neil and Steven for an informative and enjoyable visit.

About the FIDC

FIDC acts as the national economic development agency for the Falkland Islands and is tasked to develop the commercial sector of the Falkland Islands by being one of the principal partners delivering the Economic, Rural and Tourism Development Strategies.

To help drive sustainable economic growth and assist in the creation of new jobs and opportunities, FIDC provides various forms of support and assistance to the Falkland’s business community.