Funds to boost pas­ture, stock

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

A $690,000 three-year project to im­prove the qual­ity and quan­tity of pas­tures and in­crease live­stock pro­duc­tion was launched yes­ter­day.

The Pas­tures and Live­stock Pro­duc­tiv­ity Project aims to utilise farmer knowl­edge to de­velop a pro­gram to im­prove pas­ture man­age­ment in­clud­ing the use of tech­nol­ogy.

The State Gov­ern­ment with the Tas­ma­nian In­sti­tute of Agri­cul­ture is con­tribut­ing $490,000 to the project, while the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has pro­vided $200,000.

Tas­ma­nian Min­is­ter for Pri­mary In­dus­tries Jeremy Rock­liff said red meat pro­duc­tion was an im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor to the Tas­ma­nian econ­omy, ac­count­ing for a fifth of to­tal agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion.

The project will con­sist of so­cial re­search, de­vel­op­ing an ex­ten­sion model and de­liv­ery.

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