Progress on model to drive on-farm grains productivity R&D for WA growers

Author: Clare Ross | Date: 23 Jun 2016

Media statement by GIG and GRDC

Grain growers are set to benefit from the proposal to establish a new scientific, professional, industry-driven entity for the delivery of research and development focused on on-farm grain production in Western Australia.

Progress towards a new R&D model for WA is the result of sustained, high-level collaboration between the WA grains industry, through the Grains Industry Group (GIG), the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

It follows ongoing engagement with the GIG, whose members include representation from Australian Association of Agricultural Consultants WA (AAAC), Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA), WAFarmers, WA Grains Group, GIWA, CSIRO, Universities and private companies.

GRDC Acting Managing Director Dr Steve Thomas said GRDC has committed to long-term investment and continues to work closely with DAFWA and GIG to develop an entity to undertake critical R&D for the WA grains industry.

“GRDC and GIG’s strong preference is for a not-for-profit company structure functioning by the end of the calendar year,” Dr Thomas said.

“This is a significant milestone in achieving the best model of R&D for West Australian grain growers, but importantly, if the company is going to be sustainable in driving innovation, it will require balanced, long-term investment from all partners,” he said.

GIG chairman David Falconer said GIG was pleased that the previous GrainsWest concept has been abandoned and engagement continues with all parties, including the State Office of Science.

“It is frustrating that the process is taking time, but we need to get the right model for the next 10 years rather than rush it and limit the opportunities,” Mr Falconer said.

The new entity will have the aim of increasing WA growers’ productivity through research and development in crop agronomy, integrated crop protection, soil management and profitable farming systems.

R&D will be focussed in defined areas requiring strong regional delivery of R&D and also complement and work closely with universities, CSIRO and the private sector.

Media contacts

David Falconer, GIG Chairman
+61 0428 750 311

Clare Ross, GRDC Media & Issues Manager
+61 02 6166 4500

Region West