Growers with permanent plantings can now access the On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate.

Member for Barker said the rebate will help ensure the viability of valuable trees and vines.

“We know how important our tree and vine plantings are to communities in regions like the Barossa and it’s important that we protect these crops during time of low rain fall,” Mr Pasin said.

“Trees and vines are a long term investment and the Government recognises that in the current conditions some growers are looking down the barrel of losing that investment.”

“With concerns about water prices and availability, our Government is making these rebates available to install new bores and desilting dams, to ensure the long term sustainability of crops,” Mr Pasin said.

An additional $13.2 million in Federal funding is being made available to extend the program for vines and trees. More than 2,100 farmers nationally have already received the benefit of the existing Rebate for livestock producers that was announced in October last year.

Growers in drought affected areas can claim 25 per cent of expenses, up to $25,000 on eligible projects started after 30 June 2019.

While funded by the Federal Government, the scheme will be administered by the State Government. 

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