The Federal Government’s $14.6 million of Horticulture Netting Infrastructure Grants program is rolling out with Riverland growers being approved for the funding.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP who was integral part of the policy discussions regarding the funding program said this funding was a major win for growers in SA and it was great to hear applications were being approved across the region.
“So far, 35 grant applications have been received by PIRSA seeking $4.01 million, contributing to total projects worth $9.66 million,” Mr Pasin said.
“From the Riverland PIRSA have received 14 applications seeking $2.9 million so far.”
Mr Pasin met up with Waikerie citrus growers Brenton and Angie Kay this week who have been one of 19 approved applicants in SA so far for the program to net crops of Cara Cara oranges, Blood oranges and Ruby Red grapefruit.
“Netting can deliver productivity boosts to growers by protecting crops from extreme weather and pests. These grants are going to give growers like Brenton and Kay a better understanding of what can be achieved for yields by using netting and boost productivity in the region.
“Not only is this great news for the farmer, but increased, more profitable yields will lead to increased economic activity for the Riverland,” Mr Pasin said.
Growers are required to at least match the Commonwealth contribution and the grants will be capped at $300,000 (GST exclusive) per farmer.
Full guidelines and application form is available at https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/grants_and_assistance/horticulture-netting-grants
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