Northern Territory Drought-Affected Farmers Eligible For Rebates Up To $25,000

Northern Territory Drought-Affected Farmers Eligible For Rebates Up To $25,000

Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industries and Resources Paul Kirby

$25,000 Rebates For Drought-Affected Northern Territory Farmers

Victor P Taffa

Government rebates of up to $25,000 are now available to eligible drought-affected Northern Territory farmers, for the purchase and installation of emergency water infrastructure.

Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industries and Resources Paul Kirby will today attend the 35th annual Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) conference in Darwin, where he will outline how eligible farmers can apply for the rebates.

“Territory Government’s number one priority is jobs for Territorians and we recognise the critical role the pastoral industry plays in regional economies.” Minister for Primary Industries and Resources Paul Kirby said.

“Feed conditions have dramatically deteriorated in several Northern Territory districts in the past four months, with the rainfall the lowest on record in many districts, particularly in the Barkly Tablelands and Central Australia.”

Federal Government has made $3 Million available to Northern Territory farmers as part of its On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme, which stemmed from the 2018 National Drought Summit.

Scheme will be administered by the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries and Resources and will support producers to invest in new livestock watering facilities such as:

  • Bores,
  • Tanks,
  • Troughs,
  • Piping,
  • Pumps and fittings to better manage livestock access to water during dry weather conditions.

Minister Kirby will today take the opportunity to listen to farmers at the year’s largest gathering of livestock producers at this year’s NTCA conference.

Theme of this year’s conference is “High Steaks” and discussions will focus on the current opportunities and challenges faced by Northern Australia’s cattle industry.

Abbreviations:

DPIR               Department of Primary Industry and Resources