New hub to combat drought for SA farmers

Tim DorninAAP
A new research hub is being established in South Australia to help local farmers deal with drought.
Camera IconA new research hub is being established in South Australia to help local farmers deal with drought. Credit: AAP

A drought resilience hub will be established in South Australia to research and improve drought preparedness on local farms.

The SA centre will be one of eight across the country to support the testing and scaling up of new solutions to combat seriously dry conditions.

It brings together 59 grower groups, the three SA-based universities, government agencies, indigenous partners, agribusinesses and industry organisations.

"The partners provide an extensive regional coverage of the state and bring together a diverse range of skillsets, perspectives and resources," University of Adelaide lecturer Rhiannon Schilling said.

"Their significant support underlines the need for industry to work together towards a common goal of building future drought resilience in agriculture."

In 2020, about 70 per cent of the state and more than 4500 farming properties were affected by drought.

The SA Drought Hub will receive $8 million of funding over four years from the Australian government's Future Drought Fund, with an additional $11.47 million coming from the hub's partners.

A core site at the University of Adelaide's Roseworthy campus will be complemented by five nodes throughout regional South Australia at Minnipa, Port Augusta, Orroroo, Loxton and Struan.

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