$1.1B al­lo­ca­tion to land­care pro­gram

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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.”

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