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Innovation Hub to Boost Australia's Export Industry

01 November 2012

AUSTRALIA - Australia’s grain export industry will receive a boost with today’s official opening of the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC), a national centre for grain science and technology.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, welcomed the centre, which will heighten the competitiveness of Australia’s grains industry by helping to increase the productivity of the industry and the value of our grain in export markets.

“The AEGIC will strengthen Australia’s leadership in grain economics, grain quality genetics, grain processing technology, grain storage and product integrity,” Minister Ludwig said.

“It will also support Australian industry to tackle the challenges of climate variations, threats from pests and disease, and market competition.”

The centre is expected to attract significant investment from the private and public sectors.

“This is about building long–term profitability and industry capacity, and maximising the effectiveness of grains research, development and education funds in Australia,” Minister Ludwig said.

“The centre will take a new, commercially–focused approach to R&D and industry innovation, helping to create strong growth in international markets while delivering quality testing services and strategic market intelligence.”

Minister Ludwig welcomed the partnership between the WA state government and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) in establishing the centre in Perth.

“This centre is a long–term initiative to assist the industry and will further support Australia’s capability as a world class producer and exporter of quality grain,” Minister Ludwig said.

“This initiative comes on the back of the Government’s Wheat Export Marketing Amendment Bill 2012 passing the Lower House and is a clear example of the type of leadership that will serve the industry well in a deregulated marketplace.”

GRDC – which is funded through industry levies and matching Australian Government contributions – has committed A$20m over five years in the partnership deal.

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