INVESTING IN AGRICULTURE
Increasing investment in agricultural research and development by $300mil
With agriculture in Australia under increasing pressure, particularly in the face of climate change, now is the time to invest in the knowledge and innovation we need to boost and sustain agricultural productivity, and ensure that our rural and regional communities are connected to the knowledge they need for resilience and sustainability.
The old parties have under-funded Australia’s public agricultural research and development (R&D) causing a persistent decline in real investment. Long-term public investment in agricultural R&D is more essential than ever to ensure we can address the complex and cross-disciplinary challenges facing us.
The Greens $376.5m package for Investing in Agriculture will:
• Increase Commonwealth funding for agricultural research and development by 7% per year, an extra $300 million over the forward estimates.
• Create a new Centre for Sustainable Agriculture as part of the new funding, tasked with investigating solutions to the complex pressures facing our food system.
• Fund a national network of 180 agricultural extension officers at a cost of $76.5 million over the forward estimates. These officers provide a direct link between innovative research and farmers on the ground.
• Re-prioritise Commonwealth funding so it benefits all agricultural sectors and rural communities.
Authorised by Chris Dickinson & Adam Duncan, the Greens (WA), Ground Floor 445 Hay St Perth