Growing trees to help farmers boost profits

January 14, 2014

A project aimed at helping farmers increase their return at the farmgate has received funding as part of the Australian Government's Innovation Grants.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, today announced the Australian Agroforestry Foundation will receive up to $770,000 for a project to stimulate investment in revegetation and tree management on farms.

"The Master TreeGrower and Peer Group Mentoring project will give farmers access to practical science-based knowledge, credible information networks and guidance. The project aims to result in more trees being planted and managed on farms," Senator Colbeck said.

"The benefits of this project are vast and include reducing land degradation, improving off-site water quality, increasing carbon sequestration."

Senator Colbeck said the project also had the potential to increase and diversify farm income from the sale of native foods, timber, biofuels, tree seed, flowers, honey and essential oils as well as re-establishing habitat for native birds, animals and insects.

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

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