Farm­ers given tools to make their busi­ness grow

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

UP TO 600 farm­ers across the Goulburn Mur­ray Wa­ter area now have ad­di­tional sup­port and tools avail­able to them to make in­formed de­ci­sions about their farm­ing fu­ture.

The Plan2Farm pro­gram is funded by the state gov­ern­ment and was of­fi­cially launched last month fol­low­ing the $1.6 mil­lion fund­ing an­nounce­ment made late last year aim­ing to achieve a more re­silient and pro­duc­tive agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity.

Wa­ter Min­is­ter Lisa Neville said farm­ers are a key part of the so­cial and eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity of re­gional Vic­to­ria. ‘‘The Plan2Farm pro­gram en­ables farm­ers to make con­sid­ered de­ci­sions to drive and op­ti­mise agri­cul­tural com­pet­i­tive­ness, farm­ing re­silience and re­gional devel­op­ment,’’ she said.

Plan2Farm is be­ing de­liv­ered by an Al­liance Group with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the North Cen­tral, Goulburn Bro­ken, North East Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­i­ties (CMA), Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria, Mur­ray Dairy, Goulburn Mur­ray Wa­ter, the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning, and Re­gional Devel­op­ment Vic­to­ria to sup­port and guide farm­ers to make de­ci­sions about their fu­ture.

North Cen­tral CMA project man­ager Shari Rankin said a key com­po­nent of Plan2Farm is farm­ers hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess in­de­pen­dent ex­pert ad­vice. ‘‘As a fourth-gen­er­a­tion farmer from the lo­cal re­gion I see im­mense value in Plan2Farm,’’ she said. ‘‘The pro­gram is de­signed to gen­er­ate dis­cus­sion, to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to help farm­ers make de­ci­sions, and to prompt think­ing about the whole farm busi­ness.’’

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