Rice Five Year R&D Plan 2006-2011 Revised

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  • Published: 1 Jul 2008

  • Author(s): RIRDC

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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.