$1.4 million to support innovative farming projects in New England
23 Dec 2013
New on-the-ground projects will give farmers in New England more tools and research to help them reduce farm costs, increase productivity and achieve greater returns at the farmgate.
Federal Member for New England and Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce this week approved funding for 31 new projects across Australia as part of the Australian Government’s $21.2 million dollar Landcare Innovation Grants.
New England will receive almost $1.4 million in grants.
Mr Joyce said the Armidale-based CSIRO would receive $579,500 to contribute to the continual improvement of sustainability by life cycle impact assessment.
Mr Joyce said the Department of Trade & Investment Regional Infrastructure and Services at Glen Innes would receive $700,000 towards the practical application of state-of-the-art un-manned aerial vehicles and imaging technology to on-farm property management of invasive weeds and pests.
Mr Joyce said the grants being awarded to local projects would see New England farmers have access to more resources and research to help them improve their management, profitability and sustainability.
“These grants have been awarded to a range of industry and research organisations, it’s all about developing ways to reduce input costs and generate better returns at the farmgate, while making sure our natural resources are here to support future generations,” Mr Joyce said.
“There are great opportunities for the Australian agriculture sector, but continual innovation is central to ensuring our farmers continue to remain competitive on the world market.
“I look forward to seeing the results of these projects and practical knowledge and research to help farmers.” Mr Joyce concluded.
A full list of projects is available at: www.daff.gov.au