The NSW Government has today announced a $50 million investment in the state’s primary industries research stations to help bolster on-farm productivity and protect the $15 billion sector.

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke welcomed the investment, which 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 Cootamundra’s contribution to food and fibre production in NSW and to the wider economy,” Ms Cooke said.

“This investment includes a share in $4.3 million towards glasshouse facilities for new grain and pasture research at Cowra.

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

Ms Cooke also welcomed the creation of two new research roles to be based at the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Cowra Agricultural Research and Advisory Station.

“These positions are funded by the Livestock Productivity Partnership, a collaboration between the NSW DPI, the MLA Donor Company, the University of New England and CSIRO,” Ms Cook said.

“The two new roles – a research officer and technician focused on perennial cereals – will be based at the Cowra research station until 2022.

“This is another example of Government and industry collaborating to deliver real outcomes for producers.

“At a time when Cootamundra 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.”