$360,000 in scholarships available for farmers and innovators over four years
Program to boost the State's agrifood sector workforce and expertise
Made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program
Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett today announced the launch of the first round of the Premier's Agriculture and Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Program, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program.
The program is making 12 $30,000 scholarships available over four years to enable farmers and innovators involved in the agriculture or aquaculture sectors to develop or pursue an idea, technology or practice through exposure to international best practice and leaders in their field.
The Premier said successful applicants would have an innovative concept or idea within the fields of agriculture or aquaculture that had the potential to broaden the economy and to modernise the agrifood sector.
"The program will see successful applicants learning from international leaders in agriculture and aquaculture," Mr Barnett said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the program represented yet another exciting opportunity to broaden the State's economy, made possible by the Royalties for Regions program's $350 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative.
"This investment will support entrepreneurship and innovation in regional Western Australia and in our agriculture sector, directly benefitting regional communities both now and into the future," Mr Redman said.
"This program is another example of the State Government's unprecedented investment in the agricultural sector under the $350 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative, and will create new and expanded industry sectors.
Applications for round one of the entrepreneurship program close 12pm AWST on August 5, 2016.
The program, administered by the Office of Science, is part of the Agricultural Science Research and Development Fund's Science and Agribusiness Connect program, made possible by a $3.41 million Royalties for Regions investment
The Agriculture and Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Program aims to deliver three $30,000 scholarships per year over four years with an overall investment of $360,000
Premier and Science Minister's office - 6552 5000
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700