Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Former Minister for Water; Forestry; Youth

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Former Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry

    Calling all agrifood innovators

    12/04/2017 11:00 AM
    • ​Scholarships of up to $30,000 available to farmers and innovators in the agriculture and aquaculture sector
    • Program to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in the agrifood sector

    Science Minister Dave Kelly today announced the opening of applications for round two of the State Government's Agriculture and Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Program.


    The program forms part of the Science and Agribusiness Connect initiative's suite of programs designed to build the capability of the Western Australian agrifood sector.


    Three scholarships of up to $30,000 are available this round to enable farmers and individuals engaged in the agriculture or aquaculture sectors to develop and pursue their idea or invention through exposure to international best practice and leaders in their field.


    Successful applicants will have an innovative concept or idea within the fields of agriculture or aquaculture that has the potential to broaden the economy and to modernise the agrifood sector.


    The program awarded $55,202 in scholarships in its first round to four WA farmers and innovators from across the sector.


    These individuals are now travelling interstate and overseas to learn from the world's best on 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.


    They will be returning to Western Australia and sharing their knowledge within their industries and regional WA later this year.


    Applications for round two of the program close at 12pm AWST on May 31, 2017.


    Comment attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly:


    "The McGowan Labor Government is committed to building the capability of the agrifood sector to further improve its long-term competitiveness and diversification in Western Australia."


    Comment attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "We already have some of the brightest thinkers in agriculture here in WA and these scholarships will provide an opportunity for our innovators to learn from the very best."


    Science Minister's office - 6552 6100

    Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200