A National Agriculture Day celebration in Wagga Wagga has highlighted research and innovation as key ingredients to ensure the long-term viability of our rural industries. More than 100 people gathered at Charles Sturt University (CSU) for the annual event, embracing the theme ‘Grow For Good’.
AgriFutures Australia, the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation and Regional Development of Australia (RDA) Riverina NSW fired up the BBQ and celebrated alongside farmers, producers, researchers, students and all who contribute to our agricultural industry.
AgriFutures Australia General Manager, Research and Innovation Michael Beer said it was a unique take on the theme.
“The world population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030. How we continue to feed the world, and to do so in a sustainable way will require research. We took this year’s theme of ‘Grow for Good’ and highlighted the importance of research and innovation in the quest to feed more people and produce safe, affordable and nutritious foods,” said Mr Beer.
Acting Director of the Graham Centre, Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover said it was also an opportunity to do some good.
“We wanted this event to shine a light on the importance of agriculture while making a positive difference to those who are experiencing drought,” said Professor Hernandez-Jover.