Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, today announced $1.68 million in grants for regional facilitators who will help farmers, land managers and Indigenous Australians benefit from the Carbon Farming Initiative.
The grants will be used by Regional Landcare Facilitators to run information sessions on how Carbon Farming Initiative projects work and host local experts to share their carbon farming experiences in regionally focused workshops.
“Regional Landcare Facilitators are in a unique position through their community networks to help farmers and land managers understand how the Carbon Farming Initiative will help them,” Minister Ludwig said.
“These targeted grants are a part of the Carbon Farming Initiative Communications Program, a $4 million initiative to provide farmers, land managers, Indigenous Australians and others in rural and regional communities with credible, clear and consistent information on the Carbon Farming Initiative.
“Regional Landcare Facilitators will link with local experts, including other Natural Resource Management and farming or industry groups, to provide information to farmers and land managers on opportunities created by the Carbon Farming Initiative.
“This information will be relevant to the local region and focus on the productivity and environmental benefits of carbon farming.”
The grants program is part of the Government’s 2010 election commitment of $45.6 million to establish the Carbon Farming Initiative.
“Together, the $1.7 billion Land Sector Package and the Carbon Farming Initiative will deliver long term opportunities to Australian farmers and land managers to generate credits that can be sold in domestic and international carbon markets, “ Minister Ludwig said.
“Farmers will be able to earn additional income by taking action to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions, and at the same time build resilience within the land sector to deal with the impacts of climate change.”