- Farmers and innovators in the agrifood sector to receive $55,202 in scholarships
- A total of $360,000 in scholarships to be awarded over four years
Four farmers and innovators in the agriculture and aquaculture sector are set to receive $55,202 in scholarships, in the inaugural round of the Premier's Agriculture and Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Program made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett today announced the recipients and said the scholarships would enable them to further develop their ideas and innovations in their industry by travelling interstate and overseas to learn from the world's best.
The recipients will pursue a range of innovations including lime application for the management of sub-soil acidity, boosting productivity in marron farming, using drone technology in agriculture and investigating ways to establish a log-grown shiitake industry in the South-West.
"The 2016 recipients reflect the breadth of products and opportunities in the agriculture and aquaculture sector across the State," Mr Barnett said.
"The recipients have an exciting opportunity to learn from international leaders in their respective fields and apply their newly acquired learnings for the benefit of the sector and regional Western Australia.
"I congratulate the successful applicants and look forward to seeing the results of their experiences."
Administered by the Office of Science, the program is part of the $3.41 million Science and Agribusiness Connect initiative under the wider $350 million Royalties for Regions Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said innovation was key to growing Western Australia's agricultural sector.
"This is an exciting opportunity to empower the sector to increase business productivity and enable our State to remain internationally competitive," Mr Redman said.
"Congratulations to all recipients. Royalties for Regions is about strengthening and growing our regions and this investment will support the growth of prosperous and sustainable regional communities."
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