Tasmania already has a world-class reputation for growing premium agricultural produce and we now have a world-class reputation in agricultural research too.
The Hodgman Liberal Government has big plans for the agricultural sector, setting the ambitious target of increasing the State’s agricultural output to a value of $10 billion a year by 2050.
Research and development is a key driver of innovation in agriculture and the building block for industry growth.
The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), a joint venture between the Tasmanian Government and the University of Tasmania, has been recognised as a world-class research hub, receiving outstanding Recognition in the Excellence in Research for Australia National Report.
The international recognition brings great confidence to Tasmania’s burgeoning agricultural sector, which is set to reap huge benefits from having such a renowned agricultural research hub in the state.
The report gave the TIA a rating of five in the areas of agriculture, land and farm management, and horticultural production, the highest possible rating for both.
The University of Tasmania was the only university in Australia to receive the top rating in both of these areas of expertise.
TIA was also rated at world standard in crop and pasture production research.
This tops off a great year for the TIA, having entered an historic new partnership with Lincoln University in New Zealand, which will only further enhance their capacity for delivering world class agricultural research, development and education.
I congratulate Director Holger Meinke and the staff of the TIA for their hard work and wonderful achievement.
Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water