Australian horticultural research and development is now co-ordinated by an industry supported, federal government statutory body — the Horticultural Research and Development Corporation (HRDC). The Corporation, constituted in 1987, co-ordinated project funding to the value of just over $10 million in 1991/92. More than 300 projects are now supported, covering all sectors of horticulture.
Federal government funds are available to match industry contributions to a value of up to 0.5% gross value of product.
Traditional funding organisations are reducing commitments to research and development, thus placing increasing pressure on industries to help themselves on a user-pays basis.
Examples will be provided of completed projects which are proving of great value to Australian horticultural domestic and export opportunities.