Joint Media Release with Country Liberals candidate for Lingiari Tina MacFarlane
Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari, Tina MacFarlane, have announced a successful application from the Barkly region for funding through the National Landcare Programme Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Round 2015-16.
Senator Scullion and Ms MacFarlane said Barkly Landcare and Conservation Association had been provided $19,320 to manage a project supporting the Territory’s vibrant, innovative and competitive agriculture sector.
“The Farming smarter project allows Barkly farmers to access the latest sustainable production research,” Senator Scullion said.
Ms MacFarlane said Barkly Landcare will facilitate a workshop on sustainable grazing practices and the latest outcomes from grazing management pastoral research development.
“The workshop is aimed at supporting farm businesses in the Barkly to not only access the latest sustainable production research, but also knowledge networks, resources and information, which will contribute to profitability, improved productivity and environmental benefits,” Ms MacFarlane said.
“The workshop will bring together two renowned grazing scientists from Queensland and one of the senior Northern Territory grazing scientists to share their knowledge to Barkly pastoralists about their research.
“This project, like others across the country, will help share knowledge and skills across the sector to boost farm productivity and protect the natural resources that our agricultural industries depend on.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Hinkler, Keith Pitt, said the Coalition was working closely with volunteer Landcare groups and farming organisations to strengthen the Landcare program and prioritise works where they can have greatest impact.
“The Small Grants Round is an important component of the National Landcare Programme, which ultimately delivers on the Coalition Government’s commitment to support profitable returns at the farm gate.”
“The Coalition’s strong investment of $1 billion over four years in the National Landcare Programme demonstrates our great commitment to support Landcare in Australia and ensure our lands remain a solid foundation for our agricultural sector.”