Whole Farm Plan funding available now
22 June 2017
Funding is available for irrigators across the Torrumbarry and Loddon Valley areas to develop a new whole farm plan or update their old one.
Incentives to cover 85 per cent of the survey and design component of completing a whole farm plan up to a maximum amount of $109.85 per hectare are available.
With all the changes in irrigation technology and delivery, the need for a Whole Farm Plan is more relevant than ever before, Agriculture Victoria Regional Manager Irrigation Craig Dyson said.
"Whole Farm Plans have been the mainstay of farm irrigation development for the past 30 years, and are a blue print for future development of irrigation properties. In that time over 130,000ha has been Whole Farm Planned in the Torrumbarry and Loddon Valley areas," Mr Dyson said.
"As irrigation technologies have evolved and initiatives such as the GMW Connections project are rolled out across the region, an up-to-date whole farm plan becomes even more important to ensure farmers as well as governments get the best return on their investment in farm and regional irrigation infrastructure," he said.
North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Manager Sustainable Irrigation James Burkitt said Whole Farm Planning picked up on property characteristics such as topography, irrigation supply, irrigation systems and environmental features.
"Irrigators work with an independent irrigation surveyor and designer to develop a whole farm plan that documents the future development of their properties," Mr Burkitt said.
He said working through different options during this planning stage can help irrigators avoid costly mistakes in the field.
"Whole farm plans provide irrigators with the information they need to source independent quotes and ensure they get the best value for money from on-farm upgrades.
"They also provide value for those working with the Connections project or applying for on-farm irrigation infrastructure upgrades through the Farm Water Program."
The Whole Farm Plan Incentive program is funded by the Victorian Government and delivered by the North Central CMA and Agriculture Victoria.
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