Applications For Farm Risk Management Grants Program Closes 30 June 2017

Applications For Farm Risk Management Grants Program Closes 30 June 2017

Acting Victoria Minister for Agriculture Jacinta Allan

Helping Drought Affected Farmers Manage Their Risk

Victor P Taffa

The Andrews Government is supporting farmers to future proof against the impacts of drought with grants available from 1 July to help with business planning, training and on-farm preparedness.

“The Andrews Government is backing our farmers to bounce back from the impacts of drought. We know that unfortunately this won’t be the last drought and we must build resilience to help those on the land as they face future challenges.” Acting Minister for Agriculture Jacinta Allan said.

$1.5 Million is being made available for the Farm Risk Management Grants program, part of the State Government’s $10 Million drought community support package announced in March this year.

Eligible farm businesses will be able to receive up to $10,000 each for a combination of activities to improve risk management and better prepare for drought.

“The recent rains have offered a sigh of relief and they do point to a more positive upcoming season, however until the cheques are in the bank, many of our farmers are still doing it tough.”

Eligible farm businesses located in the following local government areas of are encouraged to apply:

  • Ararat,
  • Buloke,
  • Central Goldfields,
  • Gannawarra,
  • Hindmarsh,
  • Horsham,
  • Loddon,
  • Northern Grampians,
  • Pyrenees,
  • West Wimmera,
  • Yarriambiack.

Applications will close 30 June 2017, or when funds are fully expended. The Program is being delivered by Rural Finance.

“Farmers and regional communities called for support in proofing long term against drought and these grants help put the focus firmly on the future.” Ms. Allan said.