A $50 million investment in the state’s primary industries research stations to help boost on-farm productivity will be made by the NSW Government.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said, “our primary industries sector sustains communities across rural and regional NSW and the industry directly supports almost 80,000 jobs and a further 75,000 indirect manufacturing jobs. The sector has grown more than 32 per cent over the past four years and is now worth $15 billion.”

The state’s 26,000 farms will benefit from these state-of-the-art upgrades to research stations and will cement NSW as Australia’s leader in agriculture, fisheries and biosecurity research.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries is ranked in the top 1 percent of research organisations globally in the fields of agricultural and plant and animal science.

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Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said, “This will deliver a new generation of scientific breakthroughs like drought-tolerant crop varieties, data-driven on-farm decision making, fast-tracked genetic improvements in beef and lamb, and revolutionary biological control of pests.

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

The $50 million investment, including a $40 million reservation from the Government’s Restart NSW infrastructure fund, will go towards:

● $7.8 million for world-leading genome technology to double productivity gains for plant and livestock industries at Wagga Wagga, Menangle, Armidale and Tamworth

● $6.2 million to protect against emergency plant and animal disease and pathogens at Menangle

● $5.6 million to expand and upgrade marine aquaculture facilities to triple kingfish production in Port Stephens

● $4.3 million towards glasshouse facilities for new grain and pasture research in Cowra and Glen Innes

● $3.3 million for research to improve the biological control of pests at Grafton and Orange

● $1.7 million to improve access to government services for customers and the primary industries sector at Wagga Wagga

● $1.4 million towards plant pathology to protect against incursion of exotic pests at Wollongbar

● $1.2 million to upgrade biosecurity collections to support world-leading risk identification and control at Orange

● $1 million toward new agronomy infrastructure for soil and plant processing at Trangie

● $0.9 million to improve industry engagement capability at Dareton

● $0.45 million to improve pest insect and weed diagnostics capability at Wagga Wagga and Orange

● $6.8 million to improve research facilities, equipment and safety statewide

● $6 million to improve biosecurity emergency management, protecting primary industries statewide.