Rice Breeding Australia Annual Results: September 2023 to August 2024
As part of this project, Rice Breeding Australia Ltd. (RBA) has rapidly evolved the previous rice breeding program despite significant challenges in its first year...
Published: 1 Jul 2008
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The Rice Industry R&D Plan 2006-2011 (Revised) builds on RIRDC’s previous five-year investment programs.
It has been revised (2008) in light of continuing drought and the impact this is having on levy collection. The Plan identifies seven key objectives for the R&D investments to be made on behalf of the industry and Australian Government:
Varietal improvement and pure seed maintenance (50%)
Crop establishment, agronomy/crop physiology, nutrient management and precision agriculture (10%)
Crop protection (10%)
Farming systems for whole farm management, profit and sustainability (10%)
Technology transfer, communication, policy and communities (10%)
Market access and marketing arrangements (3%)
Human capital formation (7%)
Associated with each objective is a set of strategies to be followed in pursuing each objective and a set of performance indicators to give guidance as to how the program can be assessed as it progresses. An indicative share of R&D budget has also been proposed for each plan objective in order to guide investment priorities.
Preparation of the R&D Plan occurred in parallel with a comprehensive review of the Australian rice industry funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) as part of their Industry Partnerships Program. The R&D Plan is a better document for the depth of analysis that was possible as part of the DAFF ‘ Taking Stock and Setting Directions ‘ report.
The R&D Plan has been prepared in consultation with RIRDC’s Rice R&D Advisory Committee. The development of the Plan received input from growers, researchers, marketers, resource managers and government during February, March and April 2006. It is the most recent R&D planning initiative following program establishment in the early 1990s, a review of the program in 2004 and Five Year R&D Plans developed in 1996 and 2001.