Agriculture Shares A$70 Million in Research Grants
Thedairysite.com, May 18th
Over 100 research and demonstration projects across the country will share in $72.5 million as part of the Gillard Government’s first round of Filling the Research Gap and Action on the Ground grants
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, announced the funding at the Queensland University of Technology’s site in Samford, near Brisbane, and said this investment will help farmers and land managers lower greenhouse gas emissions and access new sources of farm income.
- This work will take the research from the lab to the farm, Minister Ludwig said.
- These 117 projects cover a range of areas, including reducing emissions from livestock and cropping, through to on–farm trials of practices and technologies to help land managers become more sustainable and resilient. The funding for these projects is an investment in the future of Australia’s agriculture sector and provides opportunities for farmers to diversify their income.
Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus QC MP said the grants were part of the Gillard Government land sector package.
- The Land Sector Package is delivering for rural and regional Australia by offering farmers and landholders the chance to earn income through approved projects designed to cut dangerous greenhouse gas emissions, Mr Dreyfus said.
- The Filling the Research Gap programme will invest A$47.3 million into 58 projects in five key research areas including reducing methane emissions (from livestock and manure), reducing nitrous oxide emissions (from fertilisers and soils), increasing soil carbon and improving modelling capability, Mr Dreyfus said.