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$18 million to boost Australian grain productivity

The Australian agricultural sector has never had a more important role to play in national and global food security with world food demand set to rise by 75 per cent by 2050 from 2007 levels.

The Federal Government well understands the crucial importance of a strong and sustainable agriculture sector for Australia and the world – and therefore of putting the right policy framework in place to ensure this.

Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, marked World Food Day 2017 by announcing an additional $18 million in Coalition Government and grain grower levy funding, through the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), to better support crop research.

“There has never been a more crucial time to back crop research, which is one reason the GRDC is committing an additional $6 million each year to 2022 to the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM), to ensure Australian crops reach their full yield potential,” Federal Minister Joyce said.

“This funding will allow the Centre to continue its work for improved crop production and productivity through research excellence in fungicide resistance, molecular genetics and farming systems.

“In the next 50 years, the world will have to produce as much food as has ever been produced in the history of humanity. Food and water security—with access to safe, high-quality, clean and green produce—is now emerging as the cornerstone of well-being and prosperity in the modern global economy.”

Federal Minister Joyce said in 2016-17 the gross value of Australia’s farm production reached $63.7 billion, with total farm exports topping $48.8 billion, along with $1.4 billion in fishery exports.

“Australia continues to export more than three quarters of the food and fibre we produce,” Minister Joyce said.

“With the full support of the Federal Government, our innovative farmers are doing their bit to ensure rising consumer demands at home and abroad can be met.

“The task ahead is to continue support for Australian farmers as they not only contribute to the well-being and prosperity of all Australians, but equally benefit the lives of millions of people across the world, putting food on their tables and clothes on their backs.”

Source: Australian Government

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