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Victorian grain growers receive research boost

August 17, 2012

Victorian farmers living on rural property across the state are set to benefit from a multimillion dollar government scheme to boost productivity and profitability of grain growers.

The $10.6 million initiative will explore strategies to develop more effective management practices to suit local grain growing conditions across Victoria.

Announcing the new plan yesterday (August 16), state agriculture and food security minister Peter Walsh said the scheme was part of the government's $61.4 million commitment to the agriculture sector.

"As a result of this funding commitment, the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) will undertake new research, development and an extension to significantly enhance the productivity of the grains sector," Mr Walsh explained.

Farmers interested in buying land in regional parts of the state may be interested in the new initiative, which is expected to return significant savings to grain growers through increased productivity.

Mr Walsh commented: "Our researchers will develop new grains germplasm to underpin the breeding varieties better suited to local conditions, superior agronomic packages for cereals, oilseeds and pulses and new soil management options for local production systems."

Productivity growth in the grains sector had declined to around one per cent annually - a significant fall from the long-term trend of 2.2 per cent, he added.

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