Droughts are expected to become more frequent and prolonged with climate change. Image courtesy Charles Sturt Uni.
The Federal Government is investing $13.4 million in the Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program to help build more drought resilient landscapes.
The funding is part of the forward-thinking $5 billion Future Drought Fund, which is giving farmers and communities the tools they need to prepare for the climatic challenges that lie ahead.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the NRM funding will enable farmer groups, agricultural businesses and organisations to adapt their practices and enhance their farming systems to increase drought resilience.
“These projects will provide transformational change to the way our agricultural landscapes are managed,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Grant recipients will use a variety of techniques such as rotational grazing, landscape rehydration and increasing native ground cover to enliven the landscape naturally.
“The successful projects will also strengthen the connections between stakeholders, farmers and the community in their immediate region. They’ll do this through face-to-face workshops, field days and small group training sessions.
“This is a fundamental part of the Future Drought Fund program. We want to support innovative natural resource management practices and approaches to improve natural capital to contribute towards landscape scale drought resilience.
“A total of 66 projects are receiving funding through this grants round.
“Two further regional NRM regional bodies will also receive funding through the landscapes stream of the NRM program. Together, these projects will help to enhance the sustainability of our faming landscapes.”
Find out more about the individual projects here https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/future-drought-fund