New land pro­gram pro­ceeds

Central and North Rural Weekly - - PAID CONTENT -

❝of A fo­cus the re­gional pro­gram will be on the key el­e­ment of any farm – soil. — David Lit­tleproud

THE Na­tional Land­care Pro­gram will move ahead with 47 or­gan­i­sa­tions se­lected to de­liver the $450 mil­lion Re­gional Land Part­ner­ships pro­gram.

This is the im­por­tant sec­ond phase of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s $1 bil­lion Na­tional Land­care Pro­gram.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources David Lit­tleproud said the suc­cess­ful ten­der­ers have demon­strated the knowledge, ca­pa­bil­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence to de­liver vi­tal sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture ser­vices to re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

“This pro­gram will be de­liv­ered at a lo­cal level by groups that know the lay of the land to help our farmers im­prove their pro­duc­tiv­ity in the good years and the bad,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“A fo­cus of the re­gional pro­gram will be on the key el­e­ment of any farm – soil. The pro­gram will aim to im­prove soil health on farms, tar­get­ing soil acid­i­fi­ca­tion, wind ero­sion and hill­s­lope ero­sion.

“Bit by bit we’re los­ing our good agri­cul­tural soil in this coun­try. To re­main pro­duc­tive we need to pro­tect it.

“The pro­gram will also fo­cus on help­ing farmers adapt to grow­ing mar­kets by demon­strat­ing sus­tain­able man­age­ment prac­tice cre­den­tials.”

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