Farm Forestry Producers To Benefit From Funding Boost
Local Land Services’ Farm Forestry Program will benefit from an investment of $28 million from the NSW Government 2022-23 Budget. The funding package will enhance the program’s on-ground education and training and support local producers to drive innovation and promote best-practice.
Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke welcomed the $28 million investment and said Farm Forestry played a key role in the local economy. “This is a milestone investment for our state’s farm forestry sector and local producers will benefit greatly,” Ms Cooke said.
“Producers will have greater access to the expert advice they need to improve the management of their forests, which will help them to sustainably grow their operations.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Paul Toole said the funding boost followed the introduction of new Farm Forestry Codes of Practice earlier this year and provided increased support to farmers through enhanced education and training. “This investment will fund a suite of programs and partnerships to facilitate and expand the development of the State’s sustainable Farm Forestry industry,” Mr Toole said.
“This is the largest investment in Farm Forestry in more than a decade, and it reflects the increasingly important role it will play in supporting our sustainable timber industry.”
Minister for Agriculture, Dugald Saunders said the package would provide farmers with practical advice and support services to ensure forestry became a central part of on-farm planning. “Farmers manage their forests for multiple values, by producing the goods and environmental services we all rely on,” Mr Saunders said.
“This investment will ensure farmers have the information they need to improve productivity and environmental outcomes on our farm forests for themselves and the whole community.”
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