State Budget Includes $5 Million To Support Tasmanian Institute Of Agriculture

State Budget Includes $5 Million To Support Tasmanian Institute Of Agriculture

Tasmania Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

$5 Million To Support Tasmanian Institute Of Agriculture

Victor P Taffa

Upcoming State Budget will include a $5 Million investment in the internationally ranked Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) for 2018/19 to continue its vital work in growing Tasmania’s productivity, Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff said.

TIA is a joint venture with the University of Tasmania and employs 130 scientists, educators and technical experts and is one of Australia’s leading agricultural research institutes.

Hodgman Government is working closely with farmers, researchers and agribusiness to set an exciting new direction for advancing agricultural research in Tasmania.

“This week we are also releasing the Green Paper review into Tasmania’s Agricultural Research, Development and Extension (RD&E).” Mr. Rockliff said.

This is the first vital step towards our White Paper on Growing Tasmanian Agriculture Research, Development and Extension for 2050 which will form the blue print for achieving the productivity improvements required for growing the value of Tasmanian agriculture tenfold to $10 Billion by 2050.

To achieve our vision we need to help farmers to innovate, adopt new technologies and improve on-farm productivity to boost their profits and create jobs in regional areas.

Since 2014 though our comprehensive AgriFood Plan we have already invested an additional $2.9 Million into collaborative research and development initiatives with industry on top of our annual investment into our own world-class Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA).

Through the White paper we are also looking forward and our aim is to ensure we have the right priorities and the right delivery model for RD&E services in Tasmania well into the future; whether it is investing in the right research programs or making better use of our research farm assets.

It is an opportunity to consider new and innovative ways to effectively maximise the impact of our investment and deliver outcomes that will grow the value of Tasmanian agriculture.

This is a unique opportunity to shape the future of Tasmanian agriculture and I strongly encourage everyone with a stake in agriculture RD&E to make a submission to the Green Paper and help shape the final White Paper due out later this year.

Process for reviewing Tasmania’s approach to RD&E is in response to requests from industry and follows considerable engagement with the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, DairyTas, Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group, Fruit Growers Tasmania, Wine Tasmania, agribusiness and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture itself.

“There is no greater supporter of Tasmanian agriculture than the Hodgman Government and the release of this Green Paper is another exciting step forward for one of the pillar industries of the Tasmanian economy.” Mr. Rockliff said.

Green Paper can be read online and how to make a submission with submissions closing at 5 pm on June 2, 2017.