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Loxton upgrade shines spotlight on local food and wine

Friday 3 February 2017

Newly upgraded Loxton Research Centre to boost agricultural research and innovation. This research can help boost yields and exports and create more jobs. $7.5 million upgrade funded by the Federal Coalition Government through SARMS


More world-class agricultural research can take place at the Loxton Research Centre, helping to boost yields and create jobs, with the official opening of the upgraded state-of-the-art agriculture hub today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the redeveloped hub would encourage researchers and industry drive research and innovation in agriculture.

“As a farmer from a regional area, I know how important development and research in agriculture is,” Minister Nash said.

“We export to markets all over the world and the race to be more efficient and produce more with each piece of land and water is never-ending.

“This investment supports ongoing research and the demonstration kitchen will help the region to showcase its great produce.”

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin, who joined the Loxton community today for the official opening, said the project was funded under the $265 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Program.

“The Loxton Research Centre has been at the forefront of agricultural research for more than 50 years and this evening you’ll be able to see just what the region has to offer at the Community Market,” Mr Pasin said.

“The Centre champions world class research in various fields such as irrigation, horticulture, soil science and agribusiness.

“I am excited about the wonderful opportunities that have opened up to local industry from the Australian Government’s investment. This project will support the future of sustainable agriculture in the Riverland.”

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said the Loxton Research Centre has a strong and proud history of agricultural research and innovation that has benefited farmers across the globe.

“I am delighted to be here today to herald the next chapter of this important facility.

“This redevelopment will foster a new era of innovation and collaboration and grow our State’s global reputation as a leader in sustainable agriculture and a producer of premium food and wine in a clean, green environment,” Mr Weatherill said.

“To support this the State has invested heavily in industry leadership, notably with the establishment of the Centre of Excellence for the Australian Almond Industry here at the Loxton Research Centre.”

South Australian Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock said that almost 12 months ago to the day he helped turn the first sod for this redevelopment, and it is with a great sense of pride that he is here today to celebrate the opening.

“With its stunning design and modern technology, this world-class facility constructed by local builders will attract new business, research and investment into the region and will provide huge benefits for many years to come. It’s a shining example of the vital role South Australia’s regions are playing in economic growth and job creation,” Mr Brock said.

The Coalition Government provided funding of $7.5 million through the South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Program to Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) to deliver the Loxton Research Centre redevelopment.

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Media Contacts

Kate Husband - Communications Manager, Primary Industries
Email: Kate.Husband@sa.gov.au
Phone: 0423 296 579

Celia Brissenden - Communications Manager, Regional Development
Email: celia.brissenden@sa.gov.au

Agriculture, Food and Wine and SARDI
Email: pirsa.media@sa.gov.au
Phone: 0455 091 908


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