MacKillop Farm Management Group receives funds to increase farm productivity

FINANCIAL BACKING: Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin and MacKillop Group CEO Meg Bell.
FINANCIAL BACKING: Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin and MacKillop Group CEO Meg Bell.

The Federal Government has continued to back local farmers by helping them adopt the next generation of sustainable farming practices through its Smart Farms Small Grants.

MacKillop Farm Management Group was one of 13 successful applicants in the Barker electorate, with funds set to be used to carry out activities that increase farm productivity and boost natural resource management.

Of the $6.48 million funding pool, the business was allocated $95,625.

Funds will go towards grazing standing crops, enterprise versatility, resilience, summer groundcover and soil health.

The only other Limestone Coast-based project to receive financial backing was $97,660 for the Grassland Society of Southern Australia to build carbon capacity in the region.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said he was excited by the great ideas put forward by the successful local applicants under the program.

"This investment encourages clever ideas and goes directly to the grass roots, empowering locals to deliver benefits for their communities and natural resources," Mr Pasin said.

"This is a key National Landcare Program initiative and part of the Australian Government's commitment to helping industry towards its target of growing the sector to $100 billion by 2030."

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud explained that Australian farmers were some of the best in the world.

He said they produce the best food and fibre because of their ingenuity, resilience and incredible work ethic.

"They have always looked after the land and this program supports their continued environmental stewardship by backing clever ideas that deliver good on-ground results," Minister Littleproud said.

"The Australian Government is investing almost $6.5 million through the fourth round of Smart Farms Small Grants towards a diverse range of local projects across Australia.

"They aim to improve environmental, economic and social outcomes through better sustainability, productivity, and profitability in the food, fibre and forestry industries."

To date, including this fourth funding round, Smart Farms Small Grants has funded a total of 384 projects to the value of $25.5 million.