[ASC-media] GRDC calls for innovation to drive industry's future: GRDC media release

Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Thu Sep 7 02:32:11 CEST 2006


 
MEDIA RELEASE                                                    
                        September 7, 2006

 


GRDC CALLS FOR INNOVATION TO DRIVE INDUSTRY'S FUTURE


 

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will today call for
tenders for a potential 45 research projects.

 

GRDC Chairman Terry Enright said the tender process was part of a crucial
research effort that was essential to the future of the Australian grains
industry.

 

Mr Enright - visiting scientists, research facilities and graingrowers in
Horsham, Victoria, with the GRDC Board and Southern Regional Panel - said
innovative research driven and funded by growers, government and the private
sector had underpinned industry growth in the face of many challenges.

 

"The GRDC, funded by growers and the Australian Government, will in 2007-08
provide funding support in excess of $120 million to new and existing
research projects aimed at increasing grain production and improving
industry sustainability," he said.

 

"The GRDC is the largest single contributor in Australia and provides
funding across the entire spectrum of grains research, from breeding new
grain varieties to the ongoing development of better farming practices."

 

GRDC Managing Director Peter Reading said the competitive tender program
being released today called for tenders for a range of research projects for
2007-08 and up to the next three years, not including projects that will be
re-negotiated.

 

"Broad research areas include natural resource management and the
environment, pulse and oilseed breeding, precision agriculture, agronomy,
farming systems and on-farm practices, extension, new products, gene
discovery, herbicide tolerance and organics," Mr Reading said.

 

"Australian grain producers face many challenges such as drought, weeds,
pests, disease, declining terms of trade and increasing overseas
competition.  Research and farmer innovation continues to meet these
challenges while providing an important foundation for the long-term future
of the industry."

 

ENDS

 

For more information please contact Richard Henderson on 0417 819 438.

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