A new partnership between the NSW Government and Seed Distributors has been formed to provide a new generation of highly productive lucerne varieties to farmers across Australia.
The National Lucerne Alliance is between NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Seed Distributors.
NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson said the partnership will deliver new highly productive disease and pest resistant lucerne varieties to farmers. She said it will enhance DPI’s long established lucerne breeding program and aim to provide acid soil-tolerant varieties of lucerne for low pH soils.
Seed Distributors Managing Director, Rob Damin, said the partnership will ensure farmers will benefit from targeted research into lucerne for Australian conditions. He said the company was committed to developing the leading range of forage species and the NSW DPI agreement was the latest in a series of partnerships the company has with local and international breeding institutions.
Ms Hodgkinson said the alliance would boost the work which is already being carried out at the Tamworth Agricultural Institute, led by Dr Shoba Venkatanagappa. “NSW DPI has a proven history in providing high performing lucerne varieties – including Aurora, Genesis, Venus and Pegasis.
“This new partnership will combine the breeding, evaluation and pathology expertise of NSW DPI’s lucerne breeding program team with the seed production and marketing expertise of Seed Distributors,” Ms Hodgkinson said. The first seeds from the new partnership are expected to be commercially available in 2014.