The Nationals WA spokesperson for Agriculture Hon Colin de Grussa MLC welcomed today’s announcement that Murdoch University has received a $3 million grant to establish a new Crop Research Hub.
Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce MP announced the funding today through the Grains Industry Infrastructure Grant for Murdoch University, who will establish the WA Crop Research Hub in collaboration with Curtin University and the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
Mr de Grussa welcomed the announcement, saying that it was great to see some of WA’s share of the grain levy being reinvested into the state.
“WA is a powerhouse for grain production, and research and development is key to ensuring our farmer’s remain competitive, efficient, productive and profitable,” Mr de Grussa said.
“This new Crop Research Hub will develop new research in crop pathology, plant physiology and genetic improvement, which will lead to improved crop productivity and greater resistance to disease.
The funding will be used to build up to 19 glasshouses across the two universities, and the development of 2.8ha of irrigated, netted field plots and additional infrastructure works.
Mr de Grussa said The Nationals WA have always recognized the importance of ongoing research and development in the agricultural sector.
“When in Government, The Nationals championed the Seizing the Opportunity agricultural policy, which saw $350 million of Royalties for Regions money invested to help enable the agricultural sector to maximize opportunities surrounding rising global demand, promoting local products, building business, and continuing research and development,” Mr de Grussa said.
Projects funding through Seizing the Opportunity included the Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund, boosting grains research and development and the Water for Food programme.