Australia’s grains sector has been transformed during the past 25 years through a combination of grower and government investment in research, development and innovation.
Today the commitment to innovation grew with an historic 10-year bilateral agreement, which will see an investment of more than $130 million into grains research and development in NSW.
The deal is a partnership between the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the NSW Government and was announced in Tamworth by Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Hon Barnaby Joyce MP.
The investment will see an expansion of research and development in agronomy, pathology, plant breeding, pre-breeding, farming systems, nutrition, soils and grain quality with a focus on winter crops.
West Wyalong grain farmer and Grain Growers Limited National Policy group member Mark Hoskinson (above) said the announcement would be welcomed by growers.
“I think long term deals such as this are particular welcomed as they make a real difference on ground.
“Researchers have certainty, the capacity and infrastructure of regional research facilities increase significantly and as farmers we are better served by research which deals directly with our local and regional challenges.”
Specifically funding will see further investment in research projects in Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, Condobolin, Yanco and Trangie.
Australia’s grain sector – the production of wheat, barley, canola, oats, sorghum and pulses contributed $13.9 billion to the nation’s in 2014-15 – and that is just at farm gate. More than 45 million tonnes of grain is harvest each year.
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a world-leading grains research organisations, responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing researd, development and extension to deliver improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry.