Agricultural growers still persist for industry-owned research techniques

Published By : 19 Nov 2013 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The Queensland Government proposal for an industry-owned company to control the grains research and continue the lobbying among the growers stirs up on one of the grains industry forums in Toowoomba. 

However, agriculture minister John McVeigh\'s rejected the proposal put forth by the Grains Research Foundation (GRF) regarding the formation of an independent body – the Queensland Grains Research Institute (QGRI) in order to run the research.

It is observed that the proposed institute would be government funded, along with industry stakeholders, voluntary grower levies, and research agencies. This move would noticeably involve the selected grains assets to the new organization and transfer of Queensland DAFF grains research staff.  

GRF chairman Damien Scanlan obviously was disappointed with the minister’s refusal but is keen on persuading him to reconsider the proposal. He added that, with AgForce Queensland and various other leading individuals and industry organizations as support, the levy-paying Queensland associated businesses and growers should continue to lobby and persuade the government to reconsider their decision. 

Nonetheless, the agriculture minister stated in his letter that the government is speculating to optimize the R&D based on the current structures. Over the past 20 years, these structures have been broadly restructured many times under consequent governments and still the results have been futile in terms of profitability and productivity of the industry, and in RD&E capacity and spend. 

The chairman of the GRF organization said that new, industry-owned, non-profitable research company would completely focus on the sheer research and development. This would help them achieve regular improvements and effective conditions in the grain production, profitability, and productivity. 

Mr. Scanlan firmly believes that agricultural research should be motivated by growers, and industry growth with scientists, instead of academics and bureaucrats. These developments are for the future, and not just for the term of the government, he added. 

This is precisely why the GRF is asking and imploring the grains industry to let the Newman Government learn about the decision and reconsider the future conditions and prosperity of the Queensland grains industry. 

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