- The University of Sydney’s I.A. Watson Grains Research Centre in Narrabri has officially opened the $15.2 million International Centre of Crop and Digital Agriculture.
- The facility aims to revolutionize agricultural research and was inaugurated with a high-tech drone-assisted ribbon-cutting ceremony.
- The project is a collaborative effort involving multiple stakeholders, including the NSW government and the University of Sydney.
Funding and Partnerships
The project was made possible through a partnership between the NSW government, the University of Sydney, Australian Grain Technologies (AGT), Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), and the NSW Wheat Research Foundation. The funding breakdown includes $10.5 million from the NSW government, $1.7 million from the University of Sydney, $1.5 million from AGT, $1 million from GRDC, and $500,000 from the NSW Wheat Research Foundation, according to news reported by The Courrier.
Research and Impact
Minister Moriarty emphasized that the research conducted at the new facility would be a “game-changer” for the agricultural industry. The center aims to develop more resilient crops essential for future food security in Australia. Professor Marcel Dinger, the University of Sydney’s science faculty dean, also spoke at the event, highlighting the wide-ranging research that will be conducted at the facility.
Rob Long, chair of the NSW Wheat Research Foundation, described the new facilities as “architecturally and functionally excellent.” He mentioned that the facility would serve as a platform for the university and industry to interact and prosper. There are plans for additional future collaborative developments.