This three-year, farmer-led programme aims to look at land stability and recovery within existing farm systems and help farmers find options for future land use.
The programme, which is funded by the Primary Industries Earthquake Recovery Fund (ERF) option for community groups, has been developed with the input from affected farmers, Federated Farmers, Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ), Hurunui District Council and Environment Canterbury (ECAN).
B+LNZ has signed the contract on behalf of a collaborative establishment group which aims to support farmers through the earthquake recovery process.
B+LNZ’s Northern South Island Director Phil Smith says the programme is being driven by farmer groups in Marlborough, Waiau/Kaikoura, and the Cheviot/Conway areas with representatives from each of these groups sitting on the programme’s overall governance team.
MPI, B+LNZ and ECAN will also sit on the governance team, while a dedicated project management services will oversee the execution of the programme.
Mr Smith says activities will be determined by local priorities and then coordinated across the affected areas. This will allow the sharing of knowledge and ideas, and observation of field trials.
“While it is vital that this programme is driven by farmers, there needs to be co-ordination to avoid duplication and make sure information is shared across the affected the regions.
“This ensures we make the most efficient and effective use of the available funds,” says Mr Smith.
As well as the Farm Land and Business Recovery programme, individual farmers are eligible for ERF advisory service funding of up to $5000. Mr Smith says farmers are able to pool this funding as a cost-effective way of securing expert advice for local or common issues.
For further information contact Kelvin Whall on 027 231 2452