Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and Southern Farming Systems will share in funding of over $291,000 as part of the Morrison Governments Natural Resource Management (NRM) Drought Resilience Program.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said the funding was very welcome, with both organisations focused on improving NRM to build drought resilience in agricultural landscapes.
Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority’s ‘Future Ready Regions - Drought Adaptation Engagement project’ will increase the drought resilience of 100 farmers and agricultural enterprises through improved decision making in enterprise adaption and innovation.
Southern Farming Systems ‘Building drought resilience in Southern Victoria during good times’ and will include risk profiling of each business (using the appropriate tools) and the preparation of drought preparedness plans.
“Effective risk management at the farm, regional and national scales can help to mitigate the impact of future droughts,” Mr Tehan said.
“These innovative projects will ensure our agricultural landscapes can adapt and regenerate into the future.”
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the funding would enable farmer groups and agricultural organisations to adapt their practices and enhance their farming systems to increase drought resilience.
“Future droughts are inevitable, and while Australian farmers are well accustomed to climate variability, climate change is increasing the importance of managing drought risk,” Minister Littleproud.
“This funding will support tangible projects that will help address this.
“The projects being funded will include a strong focus on local engagement, conducting training through face-to-face workshops, field days and small group training sessions.”