Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed a state-wide announcement of $7.8 million for world-leading genome technology to double productivity gains for plant and livestock industries.

Mr Anderson said the NSW Government will invest $29 million in agricultural research and development in northern NSW to bolster on-farm productivity and help protect the $15 billion sector from devastating pests and diseases.

“This $7.8million investment, to be shared between Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and Menangle, cements NSW as Australia’s leader in agriculture, fisheries and biosecurity research.

“This is a clear message that the NSW Government understands the value of our region’s contribution to food and fibre production in NSW, and to the wider economy.

“Our region will also share in $6.8 million to improve NSW DPI research facilities, equipment and safety state-wide and $6 million to improve biosecurity emergency management to protect primary industries and our environment.

“At a time when farmers are dealing with a cold, dry winter it is encouraging to see the NSW Government continue to back our farmers by investing in the future of agriculture.

“This Budget commitment into research and development capability is critical for NSW to remain competitive with international markets.

“We are sending a clear signal to our farmers and the farming sector, who are enduring a cold, dry winter, that we are committed to seeing these times through and continuing the sector’s growth.  

“This investment will ensure that we look after our farmers not just now, but well into the future and for many generations to come,” Mr Anderson concluded.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries is ranked in the top one per cent of research organisations globally in the fields of agricultural and plant and animal science.

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