THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
Northern Territory projects involving improved farming practices, soil and weed management and environmental conservation will share in more than $2.7 million in Australian Government funding.
The seven projects are being funded under the 2011–12 Caring for our Country business plan.
The Federal Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon said the projects bring farmers, environmental groups, Aboriginal groups and the broader community together to work on important environmental and agricultural challenges.
“These collaborations work to restore and better manage our unique landscapes, improve vital farm practices and care for our land,” he said.
Projects receiving funding in this round of grants include soil conservation schemes in the Victoria River District and Central Australia, as well as weed management and carbon sequestration in the Barkly Tablelands.
The impact of weeds and pests on agriculture and biodiversity is not only costly but results in significant damage.
It has been estimated that the agricultural cost of weeds to Australia is around $4 billion per annum.
“Funding these seven initiatives will no doubt help protect and preserve our bushland from invasive weeds, while developing more sustainable farming practices,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Caring for our Country is the Australian Government’s flagship natural resource management initiative with $2 billion dollars in funding, we are investing more than $600 million over five years (2008–13) in sustainable agriculture, including Landcare.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, recently approved these seven projects as part of a package of 116 programs totalling $31.3 million under the 2011–12 Caring for our Country business plan.
The projects are attached.
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