(QldGovSpin) Queensland plays it part feeding the world

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 28/09/2004 - 19:21

Queensland's continued ability to feed a population 10 times greater than its own will be the focus for State Government scientists attending the 4th International Crop Science Congress in Brisbane this week.

Primary Industries & Fisheries, Henry Palaszczuk


Primary Industries and Fisheries Minister Henry Palaszczuk, who addressed the Congress Brisbane in Brisbane tonight, said researchers employed by the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) were among the world's best in developing cropping systems.

"As a State we can meet the daily dietary needs of a population of more than 35 million - the equivalent of 10 times larger than our own population," Mr Palaszczuk said.

"DPI&F researchers are developing new disease resistant, climate adaptable crop varieties."

"These and other projects are not only helping Queensland primary producers to produce larger yields and better quality products, they are also ensuring the soil, water and other resources are sustainable."

"These Smart State initiatives in science, research and innovation are also expanding exports and generating new jobs and economic opportunities for Queensland's crop and other primary industries."

Sponsored by the Queensland Government, about 1000 scientists are expected to attend the Congress which aims to build networks, collaboration and partnerships between governments, scientists and industry to address global challenges.

"Strong relationships between academics, educators, industry and government are essential to maintaining our quality of life and to improving the conditions in many of the world's poorer nations," Mr Palaszczuk said.

The congress will be held from 26 September to 1 October at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Kirby Anderson 3239 3004 or 0418 197 350



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