Informing future plans

September 09, 2017

NCCMA CEO Brad Drust signing the alliance agreement with all the partners.

Up to 600 farmers across the Goulburn-Murray Water area now have additional support and tools available to them to make informed decisions about their farming future.

The Plan2Farm program, delivered by representatives from the North Central, Goulburn Broken and North East CMAs, Agriculture Victoria, Murray Dairy, G-MW, DELWP, and Regional Development Victoria, is funded by the Victorian Government and was recently launched to achieve a more resilient and productive agricultural community.

Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville said farmers were a key part of the social and economic viability of regional Victoria.

‘‘The Plan2Farm program enables farmers to make considered decisions to drive and optimise agricultural competitiveness, farming resilience and regional development.’’

North Central Catchment Management Authority project manager Shari Rankin said a key component of Plan2Farm was farmers having the opportunity to access independent expert advice to assist them to establish or refine their whole of enterprise vision.

‘‘As a fourth generation farmer from the local region I see immense value in Plan2Farm. The program is designed to generate discussion, to provide information to help farmers make decisions, and to prompt thinking about the whole farm business, including where it is heading and what the goals are.

‘‘I have seen first-hand the effects of water variability on small communities within the Goulburn-Murray Water regulated area and I’m excited to be part of a program that aims to put farmers in control of the changes affecting them. This includes the changes occurring as part of the once-in-a-lifetime Goulburn-Murray Water Connections project,’’ she said.

■For more information visit the North Central CMA’s website at www.nccma.vic.gov.au or phone Shari Rankin on 54401885.

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