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 is funded by the state government and was officially launched last month following the $1.6 million funding announcement made late last year aiming to achieve a more resilient and productive agricultural community.
Water Minister Lisa Neville said farmers are 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,’’ she said.
Plan2Farm is being delivered by an Alliance Group with representatives from the North Central, Goulburn Broken, North East Catchment Management Authorities (CMA), Agriculture Victoria, Murray Dairy, Goulburn Murray Water, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and Regional Development Victoria to support and guide farmers to make decisions about their future.
North Central CMA project manager Shari Rankin said a key component of Plan2Farm is farmers having the opportunity to access independent expert advice. ‘‘As a fourth-generation farmer from the local region I see immense value in Plan2Farm,’’ she said. ‘‘The program is designed to generate discussion, to provide information to help farmers make decisions, and to prompt thinking about the whole farm business.’’