Western Australia farmers to benefit from funding initiative
Farmers living on Western Australian rural property could benefit from a new government funding initiative to reduce farm costs across the state.
State agriculture and food minister Terry Redman today (August 1) announced the Whole Farm Nutrient Mapping project today, aimed at slashing costs for farmers through more efficient use of fertilisers in the state's south-west.
Mr Redman said the $1 million investment into soil sampling and farm nutrient mapping on 200 farms in the region would enable the better management of fertiliser use among the graze industry.
"This three-year Department of Agriculture and Food project will involve soil and sampling and farm nutrient mapping on more than 200 south-west farms," he explained.
Farmers with land investment in south-west parts of the state may be eligible for the initiative, which is being offered to landholders in the Wilson Inlet, Scott River, Swan Canning, Leschenualt, Peel-Harvey and Vasse Wonnerup catchments.
"This project will not only make nutrient maps available to landholders, but deliver decision making tools such as smartphone and mobile device applications and training to increase the industry's capacity to improve fertiliser use efficiency," Mr Redman explained.