Paper to de­velop RDCS

Gatton Star - - LIFE | INTO RURAL -

A THRIV­ING agri­cul­tural sec­tor un­der­pins the fu­ture suc­cess of our re­gional com­mu­ni­ties and na­tional econ­omy and de­pends on our farm­ers get­ting strong re­turns at the farm gate.

A dis­cus­sion paper is call­ing for ideas to mod­ernise Aus­tralia’s Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (RDCS) to sup­port the next wave of in­no­va­tion for Aus­tralian farm­ers.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture Brid­get Mcken­zie said Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture was an in­ter­na­tional suc­cess and the Gov­ern­ment was work­ing to en­sure farm­ers buily on that suc­cess.

“Our farm­ers feed and clothe our na­tion and send safe, high-qual­ity, sus­tain­able prod­ucts to mar­kets around the globe,” Sen­a­tor Mcken­zie said.

“Farm­ing un­der­pins prof­itable farm­ing fam­i­lies, strong ru­ral and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties and con­trib­utes to our na­tional econ­omy. “That’s why our Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to re­al­is­ing a $100 bil­lion in­dus­try by 2030.

“Agri­cul­ture in the 21st cen­tury will be sci­ence-led, em­ploy more cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy and need highly skilled work­ers.

“If we’re to po­si­tion agri­cul­ture as an ag­ile, in­dus­try of choice for the 21st cen­tury we need to see what im­prove­ments we can make that will help us get there.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for those who have a stake in the sys­tem to be in­volved so we can make sure our agri­cul­ture sec­tor is op­er­at­ing as ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently as it can.

“This dis­cus­sion paper is about mod­ernising our agri­cul­tural re­search and de­vel­op­ment to en­sure the RDC sys­tem is de­liv­er­ing value for our levy and tax pay­ers into the fu­ture.”

The dis­cus­sion paper is avail­able for com­ment un­til Novem­ber 4.

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