New Grains Research Facilities opened in Northam

May 11, 2018 at 11:06 AM

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On 2 May, Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade, Alannah MacTiernan officially opened the new Grains Research Facilities at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in Northam.

The Minister then joined industry stakeholders on a guided tour of the $11.5m Northam Grains Research Facilities, purpose-built for applied grains research to specifically address WA production opportunities. The Facilities include new and upgraded high-tech laboratories; new storage, preparation and processing rooms; chemical preparation area; potting area; glasshouses; screenhouses; controlled environment rooms and cool stores and netted, fenced and irrigated field research plots.

Researchers from the public and private sector and universities will be able to use the facilities and work together to advance the State’s valuable grains industry.

“This impressive scientific research hub will provide a catalyst for scientists, industry and the community to come together to address uniquely Western Australian grains production issues and keep the industry ahead of international competition.” Minister MacTiernan said.

“The new facilities will put Northam on the map as one of Australia’s foremost grains research destination, potentially attracting participants from far and wide to the benefit of the Avon Valley business community.”

Read the full media release here.

Read the Avon Valley and Wheatbelt Advocate article here.

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