This five-year R&D Plan has been developed through extensive consultation and a national workshop. It aims to build on previous R&D achievements and focus its effort on common national needs that will position Australia well in responding to weed challenges in the short and long-term.
Weeds create many costly challenges for the Australian primary production sector and to our natural environment. These challenges require Australia to continually improve knowledge of weeds and to adopt practices that lead to the prevention, mitigation or adaptation to invasive weeds. Research plays a valuable role in increasing knowledge and developing the information, tools, management options and resources that will enable Australia to better manage the weed challenge.
The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) has been appointed as the manager of the National Weeds and Productivity Research Program by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The Australian Government has provided up to $12.4 million (inclusive of GST) for the first two years of the Program with the goal of reducing the impact of invasive weeds on farm and forestry productivity as well as on biodiversity. A significant challenge for RIRDC will be to build partnerships between industry and government for extending the funding and institutional arrangements for investment in weeds R&D over the longer term.