Greater commitment to industry research needed
21 June 2016
Cattle Council of Australia has urged the major political parties commit to a greater and longer-term investment in beef industry research and development.
In the lead-up to the July 2 election, CCA is calling for increased investment to allow for collaborative industry funding for priority research and development projects.
Cattle Council of Australia chief executive officer Jed Matz said the Rural R&D for Profit program was in need of reform to ensure adequate resourcing.
The Rural R&D for Profit program aims to improve farm-gate productivity and profitability, delivering real outcomes for Australian farmers.
Research projects must address advanced technology, biosecurity, natural resource management and R&D adoption.
The Australian Government matches eligible R&D expenditure by most rural R&D corporations on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to a cap of 0.5 per cent of an industry’s gross value of production.
“Council would like to see a commitment to the broad architecture of the Rural Research and Development model, including government matching of industry levies,’’ Mr Matz said.
“We are also seeking a cross-jurisdictional review of extension services, focused on investigating how research can effectively be communicated to producers.’’
Mr Matz said enhanced producer access to agvet chemicals by streamlining the process for product approval and registration was critical.
He called on both major political parties to commit to the long-term sustainability of the red meat supply chain.
“Larger investments and continual funding are necessary to ensure Australia maintains its research capacity, and profitability gains for the beef industry can be realised.’’ Mr Matz said.
“Enhancing extension to producer research outcomes is a key to improving adoption rates.
“This requires a co-ordinated approach between the Commonwealth and the States.’’