New land program proceeds
❝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.”