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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2017-18
National Animal Welfare RD&E (NAWRDE) Strategy AWI continues its involvement in the National Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy, revised in May 2017. The NAWRDE Strategy aims to facilitate the development, implementation and delivery of cross-sectoral animal welfare RD&E nationally for livestock (farm animals) throughout the supply chain. Membership of the NAWRDE Strategy includes livestock RDCs (AWI, Australian Eggs Limited, Australian Meat Processor Corporation, Australian Pork Limited, Dairy Australia, LiveCorp, Meat and Livestock Australia, AgriFutures Australia), Universities, State Government Departments and the CSIRO. The Animal Welfare Science Centre, University of Melbourne provide executive support and Australian Pork Limited manages strategy administration. Research priorities While AWI’s R&D and marketing priorities are determined by woolgrowers as identified by industry through AWI’s Annual Planning and Consultation Cycle, AWI has also taken into account the Australian Government’s National Science and Research Priorities and Rural Research, Development and Extension Priorities in setting its R&D investments, in addition to other directives and priorities the Government communicates to AWI. The National Science and Research Priorities were announced by the Australian Government on 26 May 2015. The nine priorities are titled: Food, Soil and water, Transport, Cybersecurity, Energy, Resources, Advanced manufacturing, Environmental change and Health. See www.science.gov.au for further information. The Rural Research, Development and Extension Priorities were announced on 20 May 2016. The four priorities and aims are: • Adoption of R&D – Focusing on flexible delivery of extension services that meet primary producers’ needs and recognising the growing role of private service delivery. • Advanced technology – To enhance innovation of products, processes and practices across the food and fibre supply chains through technologies such as robotics, digitisation, big data, genetics and precision agriculture. • Biosecurity – To improve understanding and evidence of pest and disease pathways to help direct biosecurity resources to their best uses, minimising biosecurity threats and improving market access for primary producers. • Soil, water and managing natural resources – To manage soil health, improve water use efficiency and certainty of supply, sustainably develop new production areas and improve resilience to climate events and impacts. See www.agriculture.gov.au for further information. These priorties replaced the previous National Research Priorities (announced by the Australian Government on 5 December 2002) and Rural Research and Development Priorities (announced by the Australian Government on 8 May 2007). AWI investment during 2017/18 aligned to the Government’s Rural Research, Development and Extension Priorities Rural Research, Development and Extension Priorities R&D $ Marketing $ Other $ Total $ Total % Adoption of R&D 20,363,000 - - 20,363,000 25% Advanced technology 14,024,000 - - 14,024,000 14% Biosecurity 1,371,000 - 602,000 1,973,000 5% Soil, water and managing natural resources 1,789,000 - - 1,789,000 1% Non-R&D activities - 48,875,000 - 48,875,000 55% Total $ 37,547,000 48,875,000 602,000 87,024,000 100% Total % 44% 55% 1% 100% 66 GOOD BUSINESS
AWI Annual Report 2016-17