Grower groups welcome extra $4.4m support
The room was loud and smiles were wide when more than 70 people gathered at Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s South Perth headquarters for a State Government announcement which was music to many people’s ears.
WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced a $4.38 million, four-year investment in Grower Group Alliance to help GGA support WA’s 44 grower groups, who welcomed the announcement.
DPIRD staff and resources will be assigned to the GGA in a bid to boost knowledge-sharing and efficiencies between growers and scientists.
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Drinks, canapes and ideas flowed at the DPIRD event, which featured speeches from Ms MacTiernan, DPIRD director-general Ralph Addis, DPIRD research, development and innovation managing director Mark Sweetingham, and GGA chief executive Annabelle Bushell.
Grower group representatives at the event included West Midlands Group, South East Premium Wheat Growers Association, Southern Dirt, Corrigin Farm Improvement Group, Stirlings to Coast Farmers, Yuna Farm Improvement Group, Merredin and Districts Farm Improvement Group, Mingenew Irwin Group, the Gillami Centre, North Stirlings Pallinup Natural Resources Group and WA Hemp Growers Cooperative.
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