After 15 months of development in close collaboration with the industry, CRDC’s new Strategic RD&E Plan for 2018-23 will commence on 1 July.
The Plan is our primary RD&E planning document and provides a high-level overview of CRDC’s strategic direction for the next five years.
The plan is unashamedly ambitious. Our vision as an organisation is to power the success of Australian cotton through world-leading RD&E. This Plan sets out how we are going to achieve this: our goals, our investment approach, and most importantly, our planned impact for the next five years.
Our aim is to contribute to creating $2 billion in additional gross value of cotton production through our investments in RD&E over the next five years.
To help achieve this, in the first year of the plan – 2018-19 – cotton growers and the Government will co-invest $24.3 million into cotton RD&E, across some 300 projects and in collaboration with over 100 research partners.
This investment will be split across the five key focus areas of the Plan:
- increasing productivity and profitability on Australian cotton farms;
- improving cotton farming sustainability and value chain competitiveness;
- building the adaptive capacity of the Australian cotton industry;
- strengthening partnerships and adoption; and
- driving RD&E impact.