The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is celebrating 65 years of research at its Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI) in Narrabri this weekend with a community open day.
Narrabri Institute Director at NSW DPI, Rod Jackson said staff were excited to welcome the local community and other stakeholders to the open day on Saturday (13 May) to showcase their achievements in cotton and grain research as well as the economic and social contribution DPI made to the region.
“DPI is pleased to be able to welcome the community to view our world-class facilities, learn about current research and development programs as well as hear about our rich history and ongoing commitment to creating stronger primary industries,” Mr Jackson said.
“Since being established in 1958, the DPI ACRI has played a vital role in ensuring the cotton and broadacre cropping industries continue to be productive, profitable and sustainable,” he said.
“This 65-year milestone reminds us of the important, and broad, research and development we undertake here at Narrabri and DPI’s commitment to deliver world renowned research and development that maximises outcomes for NSW primary industries and the communities they support.”
Mr Jackson said the open day would consist of farm tours, talks and demonstrations by DPI and CSIRO staff as well as historical displays, food stalls and other fun activities.
He said a workshop, organised by DPI’s Farm Business Resilience Program, would also be held on attracting, retaining and developing skilled agricultural staff.
Further information on the DPI’s open day can be accessed at this PS News link.