Adelaide is now a hub of agricultural research, with the grains and fish research and development corporations increasing their presence in South Australia by opening a joint office at the Adelaide Wine Centre.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, will today officially open the 'collaborative cluster' at the Adelaide Wine Centre at 3:30 PM.
"It is fantastic to see these research organisations co-locating where they can better share resources, skills and information," Minister Ruston said.
"South Australia makes a big contribution to Australia's agricultural identity and output, and it is only fitting that we host a research presence like this in commodities synonymous with our state.
"As well as being surrounded by vibrant and productive agricultural industries, the Adelaide region is home to well-respected agricultural universities and research facilities.
"Adelaide has many strategic advantages as a location for these staff, and is within easy reach to critical fisheries and a range of broadacre farming regions."
Minister Ruston said decentralisation had a range of benefits.
"It makes perfect sense for research agencies to work hand-in-hand with their respective industries, and this move will allow these organisations to build links with producers on the ground, as well as other world-class research institutes in Adelaide," Minister Ruston said.
"There is huge diversity in the factors affecting growers across the country—so it is also logical that our research and development corporations have a spread of operations, so they can deliver benefits to all types of growers and fishers, regardless of their state or territory.
"Decentralisation is a big priority for the Australian Government, as we are committed to boosting regional jobs growth and investment.
"I am thrilled to see these new regional presences embed in my home state of South Australia and I look forward to seeing stronger links between those on the land and the sea, and those in the lab."