Rice Industry R and D System
The rice industry’s research and development (R&D) program is facilitated primarily through the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC). The R&D program is funded through a levy that was established in 1991. Rice growers pay a statutory levy of $3/tonne on harvested rice, which is largely matched on a dollar for dollar basis by the Commonwealth Government up to 0.5% of industry gross value of production.
The R&D program aims to improve the productivity and sustainability of the Australian rice industry through the organisation, funding and management of research, development and extension that is aligned with industry reality and stakeholder needs.
Rice Extension, 2014