Primary Industries Science and Research Strategy released

The NSW Government’s three-year strategy for science and research priorities in the primary industries sector was released today at the Department of Primary Industries research station at Grafton.

The Primary Industries Science and Research Strategy outlines the State Government’s priorities, targets and performance indicators until 2008, and is based on extensive consultation with industry and other stakeholders.

The strategy focuses on developing new innovations, increasing market access for NSW producers, and improving risk management.

The Department of Primary Industries is the largest provider of research within the State Government, and the research and development provided by the DPI is a significant contributor to the economic activity generated by primary industries.

Features of the strategy include:

  • The continuing development of new crop varieties and pasture cultivars which will contribute to better market differentiation for NSW products, and which have improved water and nutrient use efficiency
  • The development of “functional food” products with greater health benefits for consumers
  • The monitoring of wild fisheries to improve management strategies for recreational and commercial fishing
  • The continued development of fishing technologies that reduce waste and by-catch while maximising sustainable catches of target species
  • The development of ecologically sustainable forest products and services
  • The establishment of new guidelines for sustainable recycling of waste products in agriculture and forestry
  • Reducing industry reliance on chemical treatment for diseases and pests, and the improvement of animal vaccines.
  • The development of new irrigation systems to improve water use efficiency

Agriculture, fishing, mining and forestry contribute 20% of the state’s gross product, and up to 50% of economic activity in regional NSW. The strategy will provide a vital contribution to the ongoing profitability and sustainability of primary industries across the state.