Joint Media Release with Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources The Hon. David Littleproud MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price
Northern Territory farmers and fishers will benefit from Landcare Smart Farms Small Grant funding to adapt to change, innovate and become more sustainable.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price, announced two NT projects would receive $143,850 in Landcare Smart Farms Small Grant funding.
“Territory farmers and community groups have an intimate knowledge of the land they work and live on, so these grants are about giving them tools and technology to be more sustainable,” Senator Scullion said.
Senator Scullion said the Northern Territory Seafood Council would receive $49,900 to trial the use of a new purpose-designed data capture tool to improve sustainable management of the Northern Territory Mud Crab Fishery in Bynoe Harbour, Roper Gulf and Borroloola.
“This funding will help to implement more sustainable fishing and aquaculture practices and increase productivity. Territory mud crab fishers will benefit from the improved efficiency of record-keeping with a tool designed for the job and a better understanding of local mud crab stocks. By collecting data in real time and spatially linking this information the project will enable a more accurate assessment of the resource status of NT mud crab and allow more effective management of the fishery,” Senator Scullion said.
Ms Price said a grant of $93,950 to Territory Natural Resource Management would establish a Northern Territory soil consortium to expand farm land manager capacity to implement land management practices that will improve on-farm soil.
“The consortium will host symposiums and offer intensive learning courses in soil health, soil management, and biological farming in Katherine, Alice Springs and the greater Darwin region. Farm land managers will benefit from the improved sustainability and productivity benefits of better soil health, for example, from improved resilience to pests and disease. Land managers will hear about the latest research and information from a variety of soil experts, increasing their capacity to implement land management practices that will improve on-farm soil,” Ms Price said.
“Territory Natural Resource Management will run an intensive erosion control course in Alice Springs, providing hands-on training in erosion control design and implementation techniques, as well as technical assistance in watershed management and agro-ecology. This will allow land managers to set erosion control priorities and implement solutions before problems develop, rather than simply addressing the resultant issues from erosion.”
“Given the current Labor Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s continuing neglect of our primary and rural industries, these grants are an important part of the CLPs commitment to ensuring the ongoing success of the Territory’s farm sector.
“While Territory Labor is hell bent on banning live exports and destroying farmers livelihoods, only the CLP is prepared to stand up and fight for our farmers and their futures,” Ms Price said.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said Aussie farmers have a huge job managing 61 per cent of this nation’s land.
“The grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 will support Landcare groups and farmers through new tools, methods and technology they need for their world-leading sustainable practices,” Minister Littleproud said.
“The first round of funding was highly competitive, attracting over 800 applications. I strongly encourage those who missed out under round one to apply under future rounds.”
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