Smart Farm grants have been awarded to projects in Barker to help farmers adopt sustainable and innovative land and natural resource management practices.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the funding was provided through Round 2 of the Smart Farms Small Grants program to reward innovative proposals that improve farming practices and boost productivity.

“These grants are about encouraging our primary producers to adopt tools and practices that lead to a more sustainable and profitable agricultural sector,” Mr Pasin said.

“Almost $9.25 million in grants have been awarded to 110 projects across the country,” Mr Pasin said.

Mr Pasin congratulated Barossa Grape and Wine Association (BGWA) for their successful application for $139,700 under the program.

BGWA will use the funding for their project to increase the use of compost and mulches to improve undervine soils health and increase the financial and environmental sustainability and the profitability of vines.

“I know that our primary producers are innovators, and Our Government is supporting that innovative thinking to help local primary producers continue to farm smarter, not harder,” said Mr Pasin.

Applications for round two of the Smart Farms Small Grants opened in November last year and attracted more than 638 grant applications from across the country.

Smart Farms is part of the $1.1 billion second phase of the National Landcare Program.

For more information on the Smart Farms program visit:

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