Committee looks at higher education

THE Federal Government needs to analyse how the decline in agricultural extension services has affected the farm sector's productivity, a Senate committee recommended on Thursday.

The committee has been investigating the higher education system and its role in supporting the agriculture and agribusiness sectors.

It tabled its report in the Senate on Thursday, detailing 11 final recommendations on how to improve the rates of higher education in the agriculture industry.

The committee recommended that the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences analyse the decline of extension services, looking at the impact of the decline on research and productivity improvement in the sector.

Other recommendations included that the government reviews the impediments to national delivery of agriculture and agribusiness education.

It also recommended the government commission a study investigating the most appropriate higher education framework to support high-level, practically-focused agribusiness education with a view to implementing the national food plan.



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