Backing smart farming practices in Tasmania

Fishers in Tasmania are set to benefit from a slice of $27 million in Landcare grant funding aimed at developing and implementing the next generation of sustainable fishing practices.

Nationals Senator for Tasmania, Steve Martin said the Southern Regional Natural Resource Management Association would receive $1,590,936 over the next four years for the Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership, which will build a collaborative and consistent approach to support sustainable seafood production, NRM and effective conservation and restoration of Tasmania’s marine biodiversity.

“Tasmanian farmers, fishers and community groups have an intimate knowledge of the land they work and live on, so these grants are about helping them maximise and share their ideas,” Senator Martin said.

The Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership will provide a consistent Sustainable Seafood Pathways skills set package and associated accredited training for use within the Tasmanian aquaculture and fishing industries, community, landcare and Indigenous groups.

The Partnership will also deliver a marine biodiversity awareness package to seafood industry and community groups, as well as supporting on the ground activities with partners regarding conservation and restoration of Tasmania’s marine biodiversity.

“These multi-year grants of up to $4 million are about helping farming-focused organisations to put their ambitious projects into action.”

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said almost $27 million had been granted through the Smart Farming Partnerships initiative.

“Aussie farmers have a huge job managing 61 per cent of this nation’s land which is why part of the Coalition Government’s $1 billion National Landcare Program is directed squarely at them,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The first round of funding was highly competitive. I strongly encourage those who missed out under round one to apply under future rounds.”

Fast facts:

Smart Farming Partnership Grants ranged between $480,000 and $4 million.

The National Landcare Program phase two is an investment of more than $1 billion to 2023.

Landcare was first launched in 1989 and has had bipartisan support for nearly 30 years.