Multi-million dollar investment to advance WA agriculture
Kondinin Group Researchers
September 28, 2022
The commitment builds on foundation funding for GGA, which provides motivation for innovation and advances that boost the productivity and profitability of growers across the WA Grainbelt.
The arrangement continues to draw on the expertise and resources of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).
GGA is currently collaborating with dozens of partners across 12 research, development and extension programs valued at $38 million targeting research of grains, livestock, horticulture, pastoral and digital analysis.
GGA has grown to more than 60 local grower groups, from Kununurra to Albany, representing a collective membership base of more than 4000 broadacre, irrigated agriculture and pastoral enterprises in WA.
The group aims to shape the WA agricultural industry to grow the national agricultural output to $100 billion by 2030.
GGA is working closely with DPIRD on the WaterSmart Dams project via the Future Drought Fund, together with The University of Western Australia.
It is also delivering the Australian Government's South-West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub to accelerate innovation and adoption of drought resilient practices that support thriving producers.
Agriculture and Food Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, said she was pleased to see how the Grower Group Alliance has grown into such a force for WA research, collaborating effectively with DPIRD on trials and projects, while attracting public and private sector investment from across Australia for other initiatives.
"The State Government's investment into funding and people has seen this Alliance create great returns for farmers and we are pleased to extend it for two years until 2025," she said.
"I look forward to seeing the GGA continue to grow from strength to strength, as well as its contribution to the growth, resilience, sustainability and profitability of our important agricultural sector," MacTiernan said.