Grants available for horticulture to keep nutrients on-farm

30 Nov 2020

Minister Adam Marshall with Member for Coffs Harbour, Gurmesh Singh at a banana farm near Coffs Harbour

The booming horticulture industry on the State’s North Coast is set to be further boosted by a NSW Government program to make operations more productive, profitable and environmentally sustainable, Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall announced today.

Mr Marshall said grants of up to $10,000 were available to fund on-farm infrastructure and has urged local farmers to make the most of this opportunity.

“Our farmers already grow the world’s best produce, but these grants will mean that their operations are both more profitable and sustainable,” Mr Marshall said.

“The funding is available for any horticultural operation on the North Coast, and would assist in implementing on-ground works to keep sediment and nutrients on farm and out of our coastal waterways.

“The North Coast is home to a flourishing agriculture industry and it is crucial that we provide its producers with innovative ways to continue this growth.”

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh invited local farmers who were interested in accessing the grants to complete an Expression of Interest form before 21 December 2020.

“Through this program, the State Government will work with farmers who have an interest in implementing best management practices, such as improving irrigation outcomes and reducing sediment run off,” Mr Singh said.

“EOIs close on 21 December, so I urge any producers on the North Coast to get your application for these grants in - I want to see as much funding as possible pumped into our region.

“Today’s announcement is about further improving the sustainability of the industry, and I anticipate that these on-ground works will be completed within the next 12 months.”

The grants are distributed through the Clean Coastal Catchments (CCC) project which is funded under the NSW Government’s Marine Estates Management Strategy.

Guidelines for the program and Expressions of Interest forms can be downloaded from the NSW Department of Primary IndustriesNSW Marine Estate and the North Coast Local Land Services websites.

Media contact: Luke O’Donnell 0427 837 497