The State Government is investing $1.4 million in new programs and upgrades at the Carnarvon Research Facility to support a sustainable, profitable and diverse horticultural industry in the Gascoyne.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Carnarvon Research Facility has been underutilised for years, despite Carnarvon horticulture’s significant contribution to the region’s economy.
The new investment will deliver a research program focused on protected cropping, best practice management and improved biosecurity.
New smart technology including remote crop, weather and irrigation monitoring sensors will be demonstrated and a web-based interface is being developed to make the information available to growers and researchers in the region.
Recruitment is underway for new horticultural staff to further build capacity through partnerships with local consultants and experienced researchers from both Western Australia and across Australia.
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced the new investment today at the Gascoyne Food Festival in Carnarvon.
The Gascoyne Food Festival, an initiative of the Gascoyne Food Council, runs from 7 August to 7 September, with food-focused events held in Carnarvon, Dirk Hartog Island, Red Bluff, Exmouth, Wooramel and Mount Augustus.
DPC media statement: Research boost supporting Carnarvon horticulture