- Smart Farming Partnerships are multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million for groups of organisations—applications opened on 19 October and close 21 December 2017.
- Part of the $134 million over six years for the Smart Farm grants through the next phase of the Coalition Government’s $1 billion National Landcare Program.
- Agriculture contributes $697 million to the NT economy, employs more than 1,600 people
The National Landcare Program’s new Smart Farming Partnerships provide multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million in the Northern Territory to put in place new and innovative sustainable land management practices, which protect and improve the condition of soils, vegetation and biodiversity.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, called for groups of innovative and talented organisations and individuals in the agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries in the NT to put their heads together and apply for the $60 million Smart Farming Partnerships, which opened recently.
“These Smart Farming Partnerships will support the development, trialling and implementation of next generation farming, forestry and fishing practices,” Senator Scullion said.
“These partnership grants will get behind larger projects and support the formation of relevant and effective partnerships between experienced and skilled organisations and individuals.
“The grants will help groups of organisations to come up with, or take advantage of the next great idea, the benefits of which can be shared across the community and the world.
“Having healthy and productive soils, biodiversity and vegetation benefits farmers, communities and consumers.
“Applying sustainable land and water management practices on the ground and harnessing local knowledge is delivering tangible environmental and financial benefits to our communities and farm businesses—that is why the government has invested $1 billion in the future of Landcare.
“I know that farmers in the Territory are innovators, and the government is supporting that innovative thinking to help local farmers continue to farm smarter, not harder.”
“Agriculture in Northern Territory was worth $697 million in 2015-16 employing 1,600 people and the Coalition Government is backing this important industry with initiatives like this.
“I encourage interested parties to get in touch with my office to find out more about the Smart Farming Partnerships and how to apply.”
For more information on the grant and how to apply: www.nrm.gov.au