AUSTRALIAN Farm Institute Executive director Mick Keogh has cautioned federal Senators against throwing the baby out with the bathwater when considering potential changes to agricultural research and development (R&D) structures.
At this month’s Canberra hearing of the Senate inquiry into agricultural levies, Mr Keogh said great confusion exists between industry representative structures and the links they have to some rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs), and their roles.
But he warned, “They are two separate issues”.
“The confusion between who represents versus the management and operations of the RDCs is sometimes a bit confusing,” he said.
“You would hope that that would not result in... throwing the baby out with the bathwater in terms of the future of the RDCs.”
Mr Keogh said there was widespread international recognition about the role of public investment in agricultural R&D.
He said the private sector had grown significantly in terms of its investment and role.