New Future Food Systems CRC can get down to work

The federal government has announced $35 million in funding for the new Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre which will bring together industry and public sector researchers.

The centre was announced in March but the funding, which will be matched by $150 million from the private sector and last for 10 years, was not announced.

Industry minister, Karen Andrews said: “This CRC will work across the food supply chain and incorporate innovations in protected cropping, advanced manufacturing, smart logistics and food science to underpin high value industries in agrifood hubs.”

The CRC programme has been successful in harnassing industry and government efforts to shared innovation goals.

The future food systems CRC involves industry participation from large and small firms across farming, food manufacturing, technology services and marketing.

Research partners include UNSW, Western Sydney University, Murdoch University, Queensland University of Technology, University of New England and Charles Darwin University.

National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson, said that sophisticated technology and stronger collaboration across the supply chain is needed for Australia to become a leader in export markets.

“Our industry recognises the essential role of innovation as we enter this critical growth phase.”

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