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$16 million research boost for NSW grain industry

13 June 2014
A $16 million investment package has been put together to aid cropping research programs in NSW.
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The grain research and development funding package is jointly funded by State and Federal Governments. The investment will support 22 new research projects across the northern and southern NSW farming regions.

Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce said there is a strong link between R&D and agricultural productivity growth, and views this initiative as a key driver toward future farming industry profitability.

“This research will focus on delivering new and existing projects, with an emphasis on making research accessible for farmers, adding to NSW’s $4.4 billion grain industry”, Mr Joyce said.

The $16 million funding will be used to support research being undertaken in a number of areas, including:

  • opening up new export markets;
  • developing new and emerging crop varieties;
  • improving disease management;
  • eliminating grain defects in chickpeas;
  • improving the resilience and drought tolerance of various grain crops, including wheat;
  • enhancing oil and quality traits of canola varieties;
  • double cropping options in the southern irrigation zone; and
  • impacts of frost events on crop yield.

“The projects are a boost to regional farming communities across NSW and will help farmers unlock new market opportunities and improve the profitability of their businesses”, Mr Joyce said.

A full list of projects can be found on the GRDC website.

Image caption: Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, Commonwealth Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Grains Research and Development Corporation Chair, Richard Clark, in Tamworth today.

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