Peak farming lobby groups have welcomed the WA Nationals blueprint for the future of the State's agricultural industry.
WAFarmers and the Pastoralists and Graziers Association said the Nationals policy, released yesterday in Geraldton, recognised the need to prepare the industry to capitalise on the booming demand for food in Asia.
The Nationals have promised to inject $300 million into agriculture over five years, with a heavy focus on promoting overseas investment, upgrading infrastructure and research and development.
"There are benefits for most sectors of the industry, from the Kimberley to the south of the State," PGA president Rob Gillam said.
"And it is new money for agricultural and rural areas, not money that is simply being re-allocated."
WA Farmers president Dale Park said producers expected to have a big say in a $2 million audit of agricultural infrastructure and in the allocation of the $75 million set aside to upgrade port, road and rail facilities.
"We keep hearing about the Asian century and we need to do some work to ready our industry for that. It is pleasing that there is new money and a policy that ticks a lot of boxes as far as we are concerned," he said.
Mr Park welcomed the $7 million pledge to create "Brand WA" to market the State's produce internationally and reinforce its reputation as a source of high quality and clean food.
The Nationals said they would spend $40 million on "water for food" projects, including irrigation schemes in the east Kimberley, the Fitzroy Valley and in the La Grange area south of Broome.The policy also includes a $20 million funding boost for the Perth-based Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre.