9.2 million reasons to farm smart
5 April 2019
- More than $9.2 million for 110 projects in Round 2 of Smart Farms Small Grants
- Includes using aerial drones for weed detection and eradication in Queensland
- Part of the $1.1 billion second phase of the National Landcare Program
The Coalition Government is investing more than $9.2 million in 110 projects that help farmers and rural communities adopt sustainable and innovative land management practices.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the projects would help to make Australian farms more resilient, productive and sustainable.
"These grants make sustainable farming even smarter," Minister Littleproud said.
"One project will help farmers use aerial drones for finding and eradicating weeds in Queensland.
"The project received $86,000 and lets farmers map weeds and spray them using the drone.
"$200,000 went to another project that tackles soil acidity by trialling new detection and management methods for more than 1000 graziers in Central and Southern NSW.
"Addressing land degradation will improve profits and sustainability of cattle and sheep stations.
"Applications for round two of the grants opened in November with more than 638 applications nationwide."
For more information on the Smart Farms program visit: agriculture.gov.au.
- Grants of between $5,000 and $200,000 awarded in round 2 of the program.
- Round one saw 77 projects funded worth more than $4.75 million.
- The National Landcare Program's second phase is an investment of more than $1.1 billion to 2023.