A government tree-planting program could help Wimmera-mallee farmers become certified for sustainability practices.
Former Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud announced $1.56-million for three Landcare and natural resource management projects, saying it would help willing farmers connect with tree-planting volunteers.
“Greening Australia will receive $550,000 for two projects,” he said.
“We’ll invest $350,000 into a webpage putting farmers in contact with volunteers who will help them plant trees or do other environmental work on their farms.
“Connecting environmentally-minded farmers with volunteers willing to help is just common sense.
“We’ll invest $200,000 so farmers who request it can trial drones to scout for good spots to plant trees on farms, and to monitor the health of young trees.”
Mr Littleproud said an additional $550,000 would be provided to Conservation Volunteers Australia.
“This will give Landcare communities management and administrative support so Landcare staff can get out of the office and get their hands dirty,” he said.
“A third grant of $460,000 will go to NRM Regions Australia so they can get more farmers certified for their sustainable farming practices.”