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A National Approach to Research

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Measham, PF and Close, DC, A National Approach to Research, Australian Cherries, Cherry Growers Australia Inc, Melbourne, Australia, August (2012) [Magazine Article]

Abstract

The Perennial Horticulture Centre (PHC) of the Tasmanian Institute of Tasmania (TIA) is the lead agency for cherry Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) under the National RD&E framework. What does it mean????? • In 2005, the then Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC) promoted the concept of a more collaborative national RD&E model, and endorsed the development of a National Primary Industries Research, Development & Extension Framework (the Framework). • The Framework is developed jointly between the Commonwealth, the States and Northern Territory, Rural R&D Corporations, CSIRO, and universities. • PIMC is now known as the Standing Council on Primary Industries (SCoPI), and the Framework is one of the key issues of national significance under the SCoPI terms of reference. (http://www.npirdef.org/framework) • The Framework for horticulture was developed by the National Horticulture Research Network (http://hin.com.au/NHRN) • The NHRN is a formal network of senior horticultural R&D representatives from the State and Commonwealth government agricultural agencies, Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture and Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL). It was formed in 2001. • NHRN also has connections with the Rural Industries R&D Corporation, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the Grape and Wine R&D Corporation. • NHRN provides a senior national forum for horticultural RD&E coordination and inter-agency communication to drive integrated national programs and activities. • The NHRN is responsible for the development and ongoing delivery of the National RD&E Framework for Horticulture. • The NHRN is committed to a vision of focused and cohesive research, development and extension that underpins vibrant and growing Australian horticultural industries. • Under the framework, TIA has taken on the role of lead agency for the cherry industry, with SARDI and NSW DPI taking on roles as support agencies. • It means TIA will liaise closely with Industry bodies (state and national) and HAL to ensure the RD&E objectives of the cherry industry are recognised and considered in research activity. In other words, it means that future research should align with Industry developed RD&E objectives. • It means that the direction of cherry RD&E is in good hands. TIA’s mission as stated in the 2012-2017 Strategic plan is to "undertake quality, innovative and responsive RD&E to further develop agricultural industries in a sustainable manner". So - the mission of TIA and the aims of the framework for RD&E are related. TIA has an excellent record in perennial horticulture RD&E. • It does not mean that all cherry research will be undertaken by TIA. The lead agency will make RD&E in cherries a priority, but it will also provide linkage opportunities for all agencies, co-ordinate research capability and provide leadership and development of collaborative research projects. In order to fulfil the role as lead agency, TIA has commenced facilitation of discussions between national RD&E providers, including TIA, SARDI, NSW and VIC DPI, to undertake evaluations of current and future research projects, and existing capabilities and resources. TIA has worked alongside Cherry Growers Australia (CGA), state industry bodies and HAL to support the development of the Cherry Industry RD&E strategic plan. A co-ordinated nationwide approach to RD&E will benefit all cherry growers. Through optimised resource use RD&E outcomes will make the best use of levy-funding. Through increased research collaboration RD&E outcomes will be relevant and targeted to specific regional issues or overarching national issues where appropriate. Through a considered and co-ordinated approach RD&E outcomes will address gaps identified in the RD&E strategic plan. In addition, a cherry communications and extension plan will ensure that RD&E outcomes are effectively communicated to all stakeholders. For more information contact; Dr Dugald Close Acting Deputy Director Centre Leader Perennial Horticulture Centre Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (03) 6226 2776 0419 386 288 Dugald.Close@utas.edu.au Dr. Penny Measham Tree Physiology Research Fellow Perennial Horticulture Centre Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (03) 6226 1870 0437 454 622 Penelope.Measham@utas.edu.au

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural Production
Research Field:Horticultural Crop Growth and Development
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural Crops
Objective Field:Stone Fruit
Author:Measham, PF (Dr Penny Measham)
Author:Close, DC (Associate Professor Dugald Close)
ID Code:78902
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2012-08-04
Last Modified:2012-08-21
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