The NFF is of the view that relevant agricultural Research& Development (R&D) underpins innovation to produce better quality and more competitively priced food and fibre. The NFF fully supports the current model for rural R&D, co-funded through government contributions and agricultural industry levies.
Continuous productivity improvements are required to maintain the sector’s competitiveness. Key to advancing these improvements in productivity and profitability is the generation of new knowledge and technology delivered through R&D. Such R&D breakthroughs within agricultural production systems and supply chains can subsequently deliver better quality and more competitively priced food and fibre to consumers.
To spur innovation in agriculture, the NFF supports the following measures:
- Maintain the broad architecture of the rural research and development corporation model, including government contribution matching industry levies.
- Enable regulatory settings such as intellectual property protection and access to technologies for private entities wishing to engage in R&D research.
- Build an attractive investment environment for innovative public-private partnership investments by providing investment and tax incentives.
- Undertake a cross-jurisdictional review of agricultural extension services, investigating how new research can be rolled out to the agricultural industry in general.