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Seedbank to provide development spark

GRAND TOUR: DPI Horsham senior pulse breeder Michael Materne shows guests, including Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh, around the site of the new seed gene bank. Picture: GREG O’CONNOR

By DEAN LAWSON
Confirmation of the Wimmera becoming home to a national genetic library and bank for crop seeds is set to provide momentum for major growth in research and development in the region.
Wimmera Development Association executive director Jo Bourke said the multi-million-dollar project at Horsham’s Grains Innovation Park represented a spark that had the potential to ignite confidence and long-term flow-on benefits.
She said the State Government decision in partnership with the Grains Research and Development Corporation to create a world-class National Plant Genetic Resource Centre in Horsham was a major win for the Wimmera-Mallee.
“It means that apart from our well-established reputation as a world-class grain-producing region, we also have the capability, resources and skills to look after Australia’s and potentially much of the world’s food security,” she said.
“The development supports the growing acknowledgement that our region is an attractive investment option, particularly in terms of research and development. This in turn translates to an increased ability to attract skilful people and of course that in turn broadly stimulates many other parts of the socio-economic jigsaw.”
Mrs Bourke said the level of international interest in the Wimmera was high and it was important to capitalise on opportunities.

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Posted on Apr 19 2012

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