Applications are open for funding of up to $15K towards projects that reduce nutrient and sediment run off from banana farms. With the new Reef regulations relating to banana nutrient and sediment standards starting in the Wet Tropics in July 2020, now is an excellent time to check if you are ‘reg ready’ and if not, to take advantage of the funding to help get you there. There are limited funds available! Activities that are eligible for funding include:
· Nutrient management
o Installation of a fertigation system (manual or automated)
· Sediment management
o Farm layout mapping with soil conservation plan, roads, headlands
o Equipment to better maintain ground cover e.g. slashers
o Technology to enable the use of reduced tillage and permanent beds e.g. GPS
o Installation of sediment trapping structures
o Earth works to slow the movement of surface water such as laser levelling, contouring or diversion banks
o Machinery modifications to change to high flotation tyres or tracks
Sediment management forms a large component of the Reef regulations. Fortunately, we have soil conservation expert Darryl Evans on board to help you with all things farm planning, too!
For further information, please contact Dale Bennett at ABGC on (07) 4015 2797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*To submit an application for a Reef grant, growers must have completed or renewed their Environmental BMP within the last twelve months. If you wish to complete or renew your BMP please contact Robert Mayers at ABGC on 07 4015 2797. This extension activity is possible through the Reef Alliance and the Reef Trust III project.
The Reef Alliance Program is a partnership between agricultural industry, regional NRM bodies and facilitated by the Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF), with a common goal of securing the future health of the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Alliance Program is funded by the Australian Government and delivered through the Reef Trust.