January 14, 2014
More than $1 million has been awarded to a project aimed at making the Tasmanian vegetable industry more sustainable.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, today announced Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group Limited (TAPG) will receive funding up to $1,034,000.
"Vegetable growers in Tasmania will benefit through a project run by TAPG to improve soil health and productivity through adoption of controlled traffic farming and sub-soil manuring," he said.
"TAPG will work with fresh market, processing companies and vegetable growers to plan and establish large field sites to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of controlled traffic farming, combined with sub-soil manuring such as on duplex soils."
Senator Colbeck said projects were being funded around the country as part of the Australian Government's $21.2 million Innovation Grants.
"New on-the-ground projects will give farmers, fishers, groups and businesses more tools to implement sustainable practices, reduce farm costs and build productivity," he said.
A full list of projects is available at http://www.daff.gov.au/innovationgrants