Crop improvement royalties: Investing in the future
Buirchell, B. and Diepeveen, D. (1999) Crop improvement royalties: Investing in the future. In: Crop Updates 1999: Cereals Update, 17 - 18 February 1999, Rendezvous Observation City Hotel, Scarborough, Perth
Continuous development and release of new crop varieties is critical for Western Australia's grains industry to maintain and improve market share and profitability.
The aim of Agriculture Western Australia's internationally competitive crop improvement programs is to develop varieties that give growers greater returns through higher yields, improved quality to meet market demand, and better resistance to disease and pests.
Since 1997, Agriculture Western Australia's plant breeding program has released 21 new varieties which are well adapted to local growing conditions and which have a high marketable value for industry.
To remain competitive in the international markets, research efforts must be increased to develop improved crop varieties. The plant breeding and biotechnology areas require major investment, over and above the significant contribution already made through Agriculture Western Australia's current plant breeding programs.
In December, Agriculture Western Australia wrote to growers about the introduction of a Crop Improvement Royalty and began consulting with industry groups regarding the level of the royalty.
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