The Federal Government has announced that it has purchased 290 hectares of land near Boorowa where the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will continue with its agricultural research program.
CSIRO will close its Ginninderra agricultural research station and relocate to the new facility where it will conduct research into very new ways of farming, including the application of digital farming technologies.
“Agricultural science and technologies which improve the competitiveness of Australian agribusinesses are an important part of CSIRO’s research,” said Minister for Industry and Science, Ian Macfarlane.
“The purchase of the new farm in Boorowa ensures CSIRO’s research will continue and will better enable CSIRO to develop and deploy the latest in sustainable farming science and technology into the site.”
The announcement was welcomed by Member for Hume Angus Taylor and Wendy Tuckerman, Mayor of Boorowa Shire Council, who said that the new agricultural farm was great news for Boorowa.
“Boorowa is one of Australia’s most significant areas for primary production and I am delighted its reputation will continue to be synonymous with agricultural excellence. Breakthroughs in technology have defined Australian agriculture. Hosting the customised farm research facility will ensure a long and beneficial relationship between the region and CSIRO,” Mr Taylor said.
“The purchase of the land in Boorowa by CSIRO has been a big win for the region. We hope that this purchase brings researchers, scientists and staff to the region and pays dividends for both CSIRO and the community. We look forward to working with CSIRO into the future for the best outcomes of the region and the country,” Mayor Tuckerman said.