South Australia Would Be Nuts To Lose Almond Centre Of Excellence To Victoria

South Australia Would Be Nuts To Lose Almond Centre Of Excellence To Victoria

South Australia Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade Tim Whetstone

South Australia Must Invest In Booming Almond Industry

Victor P Taffa

The Weatherill Labor Government must invest in a $10 Million horticultural research and development facility to be constructed in the Riverland to ensure the vital project does not go interstate.

 

 

 

 

 

The Almond Board of Australia has put forward a business case to the South Australian and Victorian Governments to establish a state-of-the-art Almond Centre of Excellence, expected to attract researchers and scientists from across the world.

Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade Tim Whetstone said South Australia could not afford to miss the opportunity to attract such a large scale horticulture investment.

“Almonds are a major contributor to Australia’s exports, with sales exceeding $300 Million this year.” Mr. Whetstone said.

“The South Australian almond industry has attracted widespread interest for investment from local and overseas investors over the past 12 months, and given consumption growth in major export destinations, there is much room for the almond industry to grow.”

“The Almond Centre of Excellence is a unique opportunity for South Australia to invest in research and development and to cement its place as a leader in the nut industry.”

Mr. Whetstone said the Riverland-based facility would not only undertake important industry trials on new and traditional varieties, but it would also attract worldwide experts.

“The opportunity to have a world class research and development facility in our own backyard must not be lost interstate and I urge the Weatherill Labor Government to commit funding to this project.” Mr. Whetstone said.

“It is about this state government investing in an industry that is on the boil; it is looking to grow, and there is plenty of opportunity for the nut industry—not only in almonds but in pistachios, walnuts and macadamias—to be a powerhouse in the horticulture industry here in South Australia.” Mr. Whetstone said in a speech to Parliament yesterday.