Agricultural researchers in Birchip would be able to work closer with farmers and the community in a new project by Birchip Cropping Group (BCG).
Described as ‘the missing link in Victoria’s agriculture innovation’, the $5 million BCG Nexus project will allow researchers, farmers and students to stay on-site as part of an innovation hub based in Birchip.
Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Peter Walsh, was in Birchip today to announce that an elected Liberal and Nationals Government will fully fund the project.
“The Birchip Cropping Group has contributed enormously to Australia’s agriculture research throughout the past 30 years, and this investment means that contribution will continue to grow,” Mr Walsh said.
“This is a shovel-ready project that is a part of BCG’s 2052 vision to continue to innovate.”
The Nationals’ Candidate for Mildura, Jade Benham, said BCG Nexus will allow for a greater connection between the latest research and development and growers across the state.
“BCG has been an integral part of our community for three decades and it’s great to be able to commit this funding to a project that will not only support locals but deliver innovation for growers across the state,” Ms Benham said.
“This infrastructure means everyone from students to farmers, researchers and industry experts can be a part of innovation in our agriculture.”
Liberal Candidate for Mildura Paul Matheson said the innovation by BCG deserved recognition.
“The north-west of the state is renowned for implementing new ideas and methods to produce the best possible products for the consumers locally and abroad,” Mr Matheson said.
“What better way than to share this expertise while contributing to the economic growth of the local area.
“It is exciting that farmers finally get the opportunity to showcase their innovation, get the support at government level, and recognition for their clean, sustainable, and efficient farming practices.”