New climate change research strategy for primary industries
The Federal Government has released a revised Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CCRSPI), which it says will help build a sustainable, strong and viable future for the country’s primary industries.
Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said launched the strategy to coincide with the recent CCRSPI conference in Melbourne.
Senator Ludwig said the strategy will form a central plank for helping the agriculture sector mitigate the impacts of climate change through a wide range of research, development and extension.
“The strategy outlines the opportunities and challenges posed by climate change and how to respond to them. This will help us ensure these industries continue to meet our food and fibre needs but also support thousands of agricultural jobs in rural and regional Australia,” Senator Ludwig said.
CCRSPI operates under a mandate from the Council of Australian Governments’ Standing Council on Primary Industries. CCRSPI partners include the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, the rural research and development corporations and the CSIRO.
“I would like to congratulate the CCRSPI partners on the development of this strategy—by working together we can ensure the sustainability of our primary industries, even in the face of the threats and challenges posed by climate change,” Minister Ludwig said.
More information is available on the CCRSPI website www.ccrspi.org.au.