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Export grains innovation centre announced for Western Australia

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Western Australia will be home to a new Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC), the Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) has announced. The GRDC will partner with the West Australian State Government to establish the centre. GRDC chairman Keith Perrett and Western Australian Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman made the announcement at the Dowerin GWN Machinery Field Days in Western Australia. Perrett said the new centre, located in South Perth, will be a world class facility, offering innovation and development in the export grains industry. "The creation of the centre addresses significant industry needs including grain quality for export markets, grain economic analysis, market intelligence, grain quality genetics, processing and product functionality, and storage and product integrity," Perrett said.  "Importantly, it builds national research capability in the Western region and will focus on investment in innovation that provides the greatest return to growers and the broader supply chain." The GRDC has committed $20 million over five years, with the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) contributing a similar amount in addition to $30 million to fund the actual AEGIC building. Perrett explained the benefits from the new centre will be far reaching. "The long term co-investment by GRDC and DAFWA will attract significant additional investment from the public and private sector," Perrett said. "This strategy is overcoming capability gaps, creating critical mass and reducing fragmentation and unnecessary duplication of effort across the nation."

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