WAFarmers welcomed last week’s announcement of the development of a $5 million world-class grains research hub, saying it will give WA a home-ground advantage for research outcomes.
The project will be funded by a $3 million grant from the Grains Research and Development Corporation, $1.5 million from Murdoch University, $250,000 from Curtin University, and $250,000 from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Funds will go towards the construction of infrastructure at Curtin and Murdoch Universities, and will feature an irrigated crop plot and glasshouses.
WAFarmers Grains Section President Duncan Young said grains research in WA needed to be developed to remain stable and vibrant into the future, and the funding contribution would work towards that goal.
“WAFarmers welcomes the announcement of a collaborative investment towards this hub, which will develop research in crop pathology and genetics and strengthen our position as a go-to source for industry research and development,” he said.
“The research hub is a step to recognising the potential of the WA grains industry and attracting world-class research partners and projects into the state, both of which were outlined in the WAFarmers State Election Policy Platform earlier this year.
“Given WA exports more than 90 per cent of its annual grain production to more than 50 countries worldwide, and that the exports generate more than $4 billion across a five year average for the state economy each year, it is critical that the state capitalises on this enviable position.
“We look forward to seeing the development of this grains research hub come to fruition so that WA grains can continue to lead the way for the state’s agricultural sector.”