The Liberal Party has pledged $20 million towards an agricultural sciences research and development fund.

The Premier Colin Barnett says if re-elected, the fund would provide research grants to grower groups, universities and the Department of Agriculture and Food.

The money would also be used to set up a scholarship to allow agricultural sciences students to study interstate and overseas.

Mr Barnett has also promised to cut red tape for farmers.

He has pledged to reduce cross-government regulation on issues such as land clearing and water use.

Mr Barnett says he would take personal responsibility for the commitment.

"One of the most common complaints is unnecessary regulation and interference as they go about farming their land," he said.

"This process of reducing that regulation or red tape will be reporting directly to myself as Premier if re-elected and will be overseen by the Department of Premier and Cabinet."

The research policy follows that released recently by the WA Nationals who say they would invest more than $85 million on research and development for the state's agricultural industry.


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