- Agriculture and Food Minister has convened an urgent roundtable on agricultural research with the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA's Chief Scientist and universities
- In refocusing the department in the research and development space, the State Government will ensure the best return on its investment
Leading research organisations will meet this afternoon to assess future models of agricultural research and development in Western Australia.
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan convened the urgent roundtable to discuss the optimal model for research and development, particularly in the grains industry, to create jobs and put WA at the forefront of scientific research.
The Barnett Liberal National Government severely cut the Department of Agriculture and Food, losing key research and development staff and impacting on the department's future capabilities.
Ensuring industry stakeholders are working in collaboration will avoid repetition in research across the sector and ensure the best return on State Government investment.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"In the current environment, it is more important than ever that we ensure we are maximising our return on investment in research and development; we need to be very clear on who does what and how best we can leverage our research and development dollars.
"WA has a proud history of groundbreaking, world-leading research in agriculture, particularly related to grains, and the Department of Agriculture and Food has historically had an important role in this.
"But brutal cuts to the department have left the sector's research and development capabilities hanging in the balance.
"By bringing together key stakeholders in this space - the Department of Agriculture and Food, the four research universities and the Chief Scientist - the State Government is charting a course for rebuilding our capabilities in research and development.
"If we can get the science right, our agricultural sector will take its rightful place as one of the biggest new job creators in WA."
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