Government to help grain sector ensure global food security
Minister for Agriculture Tony Burke has announced a $1.9 million Harvesting Productivity initiative, which will work to identify areas for productivity improvement.
“Productivity improvements are central to ensuring Australian producers can meet the challenges of a changing climate, fluctuating input and commodity prices, and be part of the solution to global food security,” he said.
The Grains Research and Development Corporation and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics will collaborate to determine productivity drivers and constraints.
The initiative comes in response to falling performance levels in the industry comparative to other agricultural sectors.
“While drought has certainly played a role, the other factors remain unclear,” said Burke. “Harvesting Productivity will help to identify factors that affect productivity, and will look at research, development and extension areas where we can make a valuable contribution to long-term productivity.”