Joint media release: Albanese Government’s On Farm Connectivity Program delivering for farmers
Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Minister for Emergency Management, Senator the Hon Murray Watt
The Albanese Government’s new $30 million On Farm Connectivity Program (OFCP) is delivering significant productivity benefits for Australia’s primary producers, with more than $6.2 million in rebates committed and beginning to flow to help farmers take advantage of agtech and connectivity solutions.
The program is extending data coverage further onto properties and allowing for greater connection and reliability of machinery and sensor technology by offering discounted technologies through approved suppliers.
These technologies are assisting farmers to optimise soil quality and nutrient levels, monitor livestock, improve efficiency of water use and streamline farm logistics.
Since the program launch in late October, the Business Grants Hub has received more than 700 applications from equipment suppliers towards the $15 million in funding available under Round 1.
The rebate is available for a wide range of technologies such as external antennas, repeaters, boosters, sensors, automated tank systems and pump controllers, animal movement tags together with relevant installation and training costs.
To help primary producers explore eligible connectivity options and make informed investment decisions, the Government has engaged the Regional Tech Hub to provided free and independent advice.
The OFCP is part of the Albanese Government’s $1.1 billion Better Connectivity Plan which is improving mobile and broadband connectivity and resilience in communities across the country.
For more information on the OFCP, visit: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/ofcp.
Primary producers can contact the Regional Tech Hub on 1300 081 029 or at http://regionaltechhub.org.au/home/on-farm-connectivity-program.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP:
“The Albanese Government is backing our farmers and primary producers who feed millions and generate billions for our economy.
“It’s fantastic to see the On Farm Connectivity Program delivering the cutting edge tech the sector needs to stay competitive, boost sustainability and enhance farm safety.
“This program is an example of the Albanese Government’s commitment to strengthening connectivity across the country and delivering for our primary producers.”
Quotes attributable to Senator the Hon Murray Watt, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry:
“By helping farmers invest in new technologies, we’re powering productivity and embracing smarter, more sustainable farming practices.
“It’s great to see so many people applying, and taking advantage of this great opportunity.
“I’d encourage anyone wanting to see how agtech might benefit their work to give the Regional Tech Hub a call.”