WA Government invests $25m in agriculture research

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As part of the 2022-23 State Budget, the Government of Western Australia has announced a $25 million investment to create a new Western Australian Agricultural Collaboration (WAAC).

The new WAAC is intended to boost research, development, and extension capabilities to help future-proof the sector and position the State for more national research funding.

The WAAC will assist drive further investment in WA-based research and the agrifood sector thanks to the McGowan government’s financial support.

According to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan, the new WAAC reiterates the government’s commitment to rebuild WA’s agricultural research and development capabilities.

“It will bring together leading WA research institutions to define a new collective research approach to agriculture in WA to grow our research quality, capacity, careers and foster collaborations inside and outside of WA,” Minister MacTiernan said in a media release.

“Ongoing research and development is crucial to ensuring our agriculture and food sector can continue to deliver economic benefits and local jobs for Western Australians.”

The collaboration brings together the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, and Murdoch University.

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