Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Export boost with new agricultural science fund

    26/08/2015 10:35 AM
     
    • Grants of $20,000 to $500,000 will be available to grower groups

    The State Government today announced a $22.1 million Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund, which will boost export opportunities for Western Australian agriculture and food products.

     

    At the Dowerin Field Days today, Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said it would assist the State's agricultural and food sector to compete for new export opportunities, particularly in growing markets in nearby Asia.

     

    "This investment will support the Western Australian agrifood sector to capitalise on growing demand from emerging markets," Mr Baston said. "Securing new markets for our agriculture and food products will provide flow-on benefits to growers, industry, communities and the State's economy."

     

    Through the fund, $17.4 million will be allocated through two rounds of grants to incorporated grower groups for research and development across the supply chain to accelerate the adoption of science innovations that boost profitability.

     

    It will also fund research to identify the opportunities and constraints to repositioning WA in premium high-value markets, and allocate grants of $20,000 to $100,000 to grower groups and industry partners to improve agricultural competitiveness.

     

    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund built on the State Government's unprecedented investment in the agricultural sector under the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative.

     

    "This fund will support other programs designed to capitalise on rising global food demand currently being delivered by the State Government in partnership with the agrifood industry," Mr Redman said.

     

    "Through the Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative, Royalties for Regions will continue to invest in agricultural development and diversification opportunities to create sustainable regional communities."

     

    Fact File

    • The State Government is committed to laying the foundations to double the value of agriculture by 2025
    • Through the fund, $17.4 million will be allocated through two rounds of grants, ranging from $20,000 to $500,000, to grower groups for research and development
    • A further $1.9 million will go towards Pathways to Improved Competitiveness (including $20,000 to $100,000 industry consortia grants) and $1.2 million will go to the Grower Group Alliance to drive industry transformation

    Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700