WA Wish List: Grains Institute and MPCI

The WA grains industry would be further strengthened by the establishment of a grains research and development institute, and government support of Multi Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) policies, according to WAFarmers.

The two issues form part of the WAFarmers Policy Platform nine-point Wish List for the upcoming State Election.

WAFarmers President Tony York said a grains institute would attract external, world-class research partners and projects into WA, giving the state a home-ground advantage for research outcomes.

“WAFarmers, in conjunction with a number of grains industry and research organisations in WA through the Grains Industry Group, has been unanimous in their support for the development of a grains research and development institute,” Mr York said.

“Given the recent announcement by the current State Government of $54.4 million for grains research and development until 2020, the next phase in implementation is to establish an advisory council or interim board to further develop and implement a business case.

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