Media Release from the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Deputy Prime Minster and Minster for Agriculture and Water Resources.
Young Innovators Driving the Next Generation of Ag Productivity
Barnaby Joyce, yesterday welcomed the latest crop of leading young researchers, innovators and scientists to emerge in the development of smarter and more profitable agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries in Australia.
Minister Joyce said 12 young Australians had been selected to receive a share of $260,000 in grants to further research that will drive the ongoing success of Australia’s farming future.
“The Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry recognises the best emerging Australian talent in our rural industries and rewards them with grants of up to $22,000,” Minister Joyce said.
“These are the innovators who will underpin Australia’s ability to meet the growing global demand for high-value, high-quality produce across our primary industries.
“It’s exciting work for those who understand the implications.”
Each year, one grant recipient is also selected to receive the Minister’s Award for an extended research project with additional grant funding.
“I am pleased to announce that the 2016 Minister’s Award winner is Giana Bastos Gomes from James Cook University,” Minister Joyce said.
“Giana is working to prevent catastrophic disease outbreaks on aquaculture farms by creating a digital device to identify diseases at the source and avoid a time-consuming wait for samples to be analysed off-site.”
“This would enable farmers to treat their fish before they show signs of infection – it is research that couldn’t be more timely, or important to securing our export future and the returns our primary producers receive.”
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