Chief Minister to unveil vision for ACT as food security hub

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will today unveil a vision for the territory to become a food safety hub and a home to plant and agricultural science.

The Canberra Times reports that the Chief Minister will use his ‘state of the territory’ address to introduce the idea.

“Canberra already has significant strengths in plant and agricultural sciences, through research from the Research School of Biology at ANU and the CSIRO Black Mountain laboratories, to major public policy knowledge,” Barr (pictured) will say.

“There are only a few such hubs around the world and a growing food security need in the Asia-Pacific region means the time is ripe to engage in this sector.”

According to the report, the plan will involve Australian research organisations like the CSIRO and the Australian National university, as well as multinational companies and other links with Asia.

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