Australia: Agricultural research in New South Wales (NSW) in Australia got a major boost in the State Budget, after the O’Farrell Government promised USD 390 million for food security projects. There will be USD 2.6 million to develop a land use agricultural mapping policy as a tool to protect strategic agricultural land, while the Government has pledged to continue with Strategic Regional Land Use Policy and participate in the Strategic Land Use Working Group.
Projects across the agriculture, fisheries and biosecturity sectors of the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) will be increased, and there is an extra USD 190 million to protect valuable agricultural land across the State. Primary Industries Minister, Katrina Hodgkinson, said rural communities will benefit from the Coalition Government’s first budget.
More than USD 11 million has been set aside for control of noxious weeds and an extra USD 13 million will be invested in the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, Camden.
Hodgkinson added, “This USD 1.1 billion investment will deliver funding to ensure that the services provided by Department of Primary Industries (DPI) are relevant, sustainable and effective for the State’s primary industries sector.”
“Farmers in NSW understand that the current DPI model must evolve to ensure its relevance well into the future, and that there is better collaboration with other agencies in the sector, including Livestock Health and Pest Authorities and Catchment Management Authorities.”
Source: The Land