PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald at the DPI research facility in Grafton yesterday announcing t
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald at the DPI research facility in Grafton yesterday announcing t

Functional food fast priority for rural scientists



RESEARCH to develop 'functional food' will be one of the top priorities for government and industry scientists over the coming three years, according to NSW Primary Industries Minister, Ian Macdonald.

Mr Macdonald yesterday unveiled the Government's threeyear science and research strategy during a brief visit to the Department of Primary Industries' research station in Grafton.

He said functional food gave better nutritional value to improve the health of the population.

"It is to be done through crop selection and finding the properties in food that improve health," he said.

Other research priorities announced by the Minister yester- day included:

nContinuing development of new crop varieties and pasture cultivars to contribute to better market differentiation of NSW products.

nMonitoring of wild fisheries to improve management strategies for recreational and commercial fishing.

nContinued development of fishing technologies that reduce by-catch while maximising sustainable catches of target species.

nDevelopment of ecologically sustainable forest products and services.

nThe establishment of new guidelines for sustainable recycling of waste products in agriculture and forestry.

nReducing industry reliance on chemical treatment for diseases and pests, and the improvement of animal vaccines.

nThe development of new irrigation systems to improve water use efficiency.

Mr Macdonald said the strategy focused on developing new innovations, increasing market access for New South Wales producers, and improving risk management.



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