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Australian Agricultural Council: pig industry research scheme

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The Australian Agricultural Council today gave support to the request made by the Australian Commercial Pig p roducers' Federation for legislation to establish a joint Commonwealth Industry Researo1 Scheme for the pig industry.

The proposal involves a levy on all pig slaughterings with the money so raised being paid into a trust account. Expenditure from the trust account for approved research projects will be matched on a dollar for dollar basis by the Commonwealth.

The Acting Chairman of the Council, Mr. Nixon, said that in broad terns the objectives of the Federation's proposals were to lower farm costs and to produce a higher quality product. It had been suggested that a research programme could cover such aspects

as nutrition, disease control, management, grading and marketing economics.

Mr. Nixon said it is the policy of the Commonwealth Government to foster such self-help activities. As is well known, the Commonwealth is already providing matching funds for research to a number of other rural industries. Mr. Nixon said he welcomed this initiative on the part of the pig industry.

A Pig Industry Research Committee comprising representatives of the Federation, the Australian Agricultural Council, CSIRO, Universities and the Department of Primary Industry is proposed. This Committee would make recommendations concerning the allocation

of funds for the financing of approved research projects.

Discussions will be held by Commonwealth Officers with Western Australia and South Australia. These States already operate research projects financed by producer levies raised under State legislation.

Mt. Hagen TPNG 30th June, 1970.