$1.1B allocation to landcare program
THE new $134 million Smart Farms program – announced by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce – will be welcome news to farmers, according to the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF).
NFF president Fiona Simson said Smart Farms (which is funded under the Government’s $1.1 billion allocation to the National Landcare Program) is an important investment towards a more sustainable farm sector.
“The Smart Farms program will support the promotion and adoption of best practices that improve the condition of soil, native vegetation and biodiversity – and importantly also improve productivity and profitability,” Ms Simson said.
“This sort of investment helps further Australia’s global reputation as a source of safe and sustainable food and fibre. The resources provided under the National Landcare Program, along with the investment made by industry and individual farmers, helps us not only talk the talk when it comes to sustainability – but also walk the walk.
“The program will provide opportunities for groups large and small to help farmers improve their sustainability.”