The Tasmanian Government invests in agricultural Research, Development and Extension (RD&E).
The Tasmanian Government’s Agricultural Development Fund (ADF), launched on 22 July 2021, is investing $3 million in RD&E projects that will promote innovation and sustainable growth in Tasmanian agriculture.
Funding is available for projects that demonstrate strong support and active partnership from industry, and a clear strategy to deliver on-farm impacts and contribute to sustainable growth and jobs in agriculture.
Agricultural Innovation Fund
The $3 million Agricultural Innovation Fund (AIF) was announced in 2019 to address emerging opportunities and issues likely to have a direct impact on Tasmanian agriculture. The AIF supports projects that are delivered in partnership with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, including a project currently underway to expand crop protection options for the control of blueberry rust. The remaining funds in the AIF will be allocated through the same grant round process as the Agricultural Development Fund.
On 18 March 2022, four new AIF projects were announced:
- On-farm adoption of low emissions feed technologies for improved profitability of the Tasmanian livestock sector
- Beating smoke taint with sparkling wine – Climate Change Adaptation for the Tasmanian wine industry
- Development of a decision support system for management of potato diseases and estimating impact of changing climates
- New on-farm strategies for the prevention and control of blueberry rust in Tasmania
Other funding of agricultural RD&E
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)
The Tasmanian Government is providing $28 million to the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture over the five years to 2023, which includes $5 million per annum in base funding.
TIA was established through a Joint Venture Agreement between the Tasmanian Government and the University of Tasmania. For more than two decades, the Government has supported world-class agricultural RD&E and education through TIA that is delivering practical, on-farm benefits to our state’s agri-food producers.
$648,000 over three years has been allocated to the Pastures and Livestock Productivity Project. Funding has been allocated from the Tasmanian Government's Sustainable Agri-Food Plan 2019-23, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.
The Tasmanian Government committed $7 million in the 2018-19 State Budget to modernise Crown and TIA research farms and make them centres of excellence for practical research and demonstration. So far, the Government has allocated $5.75 million to upgrades at the Elliot, Forthside and Cressy Research Facilities, with additional co-contributions from the University of Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Government provided $144,000 to deliver the Extension Accelerator Program in partnership with TIA. The professional development program, was delivered over 2020 and 2021, and aimed to build extension capacity within Tasmanian agriculture in partnership with industry.
Since 2017-18, the Tasmanian Government has committed $4.15 million for the Strategic Industry Partnerships Program (SIPP). This includes the 2021-22 State Budget announcement of a further $2 million to the SIPP. The SIPP supports regional communities and businesses by investing in peak industry bodies to drive growth and innovation across the Tasmanian agri-food sector.
The SIPP provides funding for a diverse range of projects including industry RD&E.