The extension is great news for those farmers interested in improving their on-farm productivity and profitability and we’re encouraging new farm businesses to get involved in the programme.
The Ministry for Primary Industries and the other RMPP partners are extremely pleased with the outcomes and achievements of the Action Network initiative.
Farmers are benefiting from having more time to work together to explore ideas and share expert resources to help make positive changes on-farm.
Many farmers are enjoying the small group learning, access to experienced facilitators, subject matter experts, and quality tools and resources.
The Action Network model is a proven approach to support farmers to make positive changes in a range of areas such as farm systems and the environment.
The results speak for themselves. According to a recent independent evaluation, 14 farm businesses attribute 55% (on average) of their net gain in earnings before interest, tax, rent and any wages paid to a manager (EBITRm) to being involved in an Action Group.
A number of farmers have also welcomed the Action Network’s contribution to improving farmer wellbeing, stronger social connections and building resilience.
There are some important changes to the available funding. Any new farm business joining an existing Action Group or forming a new Action Group will be eligible for up to $2,000 per farm business kick-start funding. This is effective immediately.
B+LNZ will continue to deliver the Action Network Programme on behalf of RMPP through until 31 March 2021. Over this time, B+LNZ will continue to adopt the Action Group extension and adoption model into our business to ensure all sheep and beef farmers have the opportunity to benefit from the success of the RMPP Action Network’s small group learning approach.
General Manager, South Island & Action Network Lead for B+LNZ
Beef + Lamb New Zealand