THE State and Federal Governments are helping farmers in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District adapt their businesses to a rapidly changing environment with $800,000 funding for the Plan2Farm program.
Farming businesses in the GMID face a complex operating environment.
The Plan2Farm project helps farmers to make informed decisions about their farming futures. The project includes irrigators meeting with irrigation planning specialists to help strategic planning, facilitated group sessions so irrigators can discuss issues and plans, work books tailored to individual farms which will help landholders understand the best way forward and make the right decisions for their business.
“The Plan2Farm project will help up to 600 farmers from across the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District adapt their enterprises to a rapidly changing environment – and that’s good news for all in our region,’’ Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said.
The program is delivered by an alliance between North Central, Goulburn Broken and North East Catchment Management Authorities, Agriculture Victoria, Murray Dairy, and Goulburn Murray Water.
The Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program Victoria is designed to strengthen and diversify local Victorian economies impacted by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
The $15 million fund has $10 million from Canberra and $5 million from the Victorian Government.