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Seedbank’s a win for all

By DEAN LAWSON
It would be easy to take note of news that the Wimmera will become home to a national seed gene bank, give a simple nod of satisfaction and move on to the next story.
But this multi-million-dollar project to further develop Grains Innovation Park in Horsham deserves much more.
The State Government, investing heavily in the effort to consolidate our plant-seed resources, also deserves considerable applause.
This is big news for several players. For a start, it is a tremendous win for the Wimmera-Mallee and reflects how strong a reputation our region has as a broadacre agricultural producer.
The potential for it to provide employment opportunities and a stimulant for allied industries and central Wimmera development might also be profound.
But the biggest winner is Australia as a whole. The importance and enormity of it all might take a bit to sink in, but consolidating  the various seed banks from across Australia into one resource centre is likely to help shore up the country’s future ability to feed itself.
The proposed genebank for Horsham will hold more than 18,000 samples from Australia and around the world and will be paramount in securing the future of Australian agriculture.
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The Weekly Advertiser explored this possibility in a front-page story more than 12 months ago when Warracknabeal district farmer and scientist Dr Tony Gregson took a shipment of seed to an international seed vault in Norway.

  • Get the full story in the April 19, 2012 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.

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Posted on Apr 19 2012

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