Rice R&D Plan 2012–2017

  • 95 pages

  • Published: 1 Jul 2011

  • Author(s): RIRDC

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The Australian rice industry is a world leader in production efficiency, water use efficiency and environmental management. Its high quality export focussed production achieves premium prices in world medium grain rice markets. This status is directly attributable to research, development and extension.

The industry faces a different operating environment to the one in which the last Five Year R&D plan was prepared. Production is now more likely to average 800,000 tonnes of paddy rice and be more variable than the 1.2 million tonnes per annum planned for in 2006.

This RIRDC Five Year R&D Plan addresses the new industry realities and builds on past program success. The program retains its strong emphasis on rice variety breeding to further reduce demand for irrigation water and adapt to a climate that is hotter, drier and more variable.