Fund­ing to boost the rice crop

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

THE Queens­land Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion (QFF) has wel­comed the Coali­tion’s com­mit­ment to al­lo­cate $4 mil­lion in fund­ing from its R&D for Profit Pro­gram to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of a rice in­dus­try in north­ern Aus­tralia.

QFF CEO Travis Tobin de­scribed the an­nounce­ment from Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Agriculture and Wa­ter Re­sources Barn­aby Joyce as a tar­geted and prac­ti­cal ap­proach to­wards de­vel­op­ing agriculture in north­ern Aus­tralia.

“Grow­ing agriculture in north­ern Aus­tralia will need new crops that can be sus­tain­ably pro­duced,” he said. “The rice in­dus­try has been eval­u­at­ing north­ern Aus­tralia’s rice po­ten­tial since 2007, with en­cour­ag­ing trial re­sults around Mackay, Emerald and in the Bur­dekin.

“The fund­ing will build on ini­tial trial crop re­search to bet­ter de­ter­mine suit­able va­ri­eties, crop nu­tri­tion, wa­ter sched­ul­ing and crop ro­ta­tion.

“Es­sen­tially, this project will de­velop a best prac­tice man­ual.”

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