DAW00256 - Building Crop Protection and Production Agronomy R&D Capacity in regional Western Australia
The Western Australia (WA) grains industry has identified the need to develop regionally-based crop production and crop protection capability in WA with the skills to provide a wide range of advice to growers, grower groups and advisors. Similarly, industry has recognised the difficulties with facilitating the delivery of on ground activities from large nationwide projects due to a range of reasons.
This project will recruit and develop critical research capacity within Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) to increase the level of R&D capability and coordination within each of five port zones in the western region.
Regionally based crop production and protection capability will be developed in teams working within each of the Western Australia’s five port zones. Each team will consist of a crop production agronomist (CPA) and a crop protection generalist (CPG) supported by technical staff. They will become resources for identifying challenges and opportunities for improving production agronomy and crop protection. They will become the go-to people for information across a range of disciplines within each port zone. They will be responsible for assisting in the design of regional development and extension responses to these challenges and providing focussed advice for growers, grower groups and consultants wanting to access information and expertise about crop production and crop protection matters.
These teams will work closely with a range of industry support networks such as the Regional Cropping Solutions Networks (RCSN), Grower Groups, agribusiness and other research providers to assist in the identification and prioritisation of the key industry challenges in their regions.
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