More cash to tackle farm runoff
LOCAL canegrowers can access more federal grants to reduce pollutant runoff into the Great Barrier Reef catchments.
Two funding opportunities opened this week – round two of the Reef Trust Phase 4 Repeated Tenders is open for applications until September 29, with up to $7.1 million available to cane growers in the Wet Tropics and Burdekin regions.
There will be a grower information meeting on August 14 at the Bally Hooley Hall, Mossman Mill, from 8am to 11:30am, organised by the Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership (WTSIP).
The competitive tender program gives growers the flexibility to decide which practices to adopt on their farms to reduce their use of nitrogen fertiliser.
Previous applicants have been funded for applying mill mud, buying specialised equipment for precision farming, using legumes as a source of nitrogen, as well as trialling biological fertilisers.
Also opening this week is the first round of the Reef Trust Phase 3 Incentive Grants with a total of $1.5 million available.
This program will help growers adopt more sustainable farm practices to ensure their farms remain profitable and productive, while improving water quality. Applications close on September 22.
Both programs are being delivered on behalf of the government by WTSIP.
See www.wtsip.org.au for more information and to register their interest.