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| Media Releases DAFF07/159PM - 10 October 2007

$5 million to help farmers tackle climate change

Nineteen projects aimed at helping farmers to better manage the effects of climate change will receive $5 million under the Australian Government’s National Agriculture & Climate Change Action Plan.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Peter McGauran, said today climate change posed an enormous challenge to Australia’s farm sector.

“Historically farmers have shown extraordinary resilience in their ability to adapt to changes within one of the world’s most variable climates,” Mr McGauran said.

“Now, more than ever, farmers will have to make business decisions that take account of climate change issues - among all the other challenges to sustainable farming they will face.

“These projects cover a wide range of challenges and are designed to provide results that will put farmers, industry bodies and government in a stronger position to know how to respond to a changing environment.”

Mr McGauran said the projects would focus on the four key areas of the Action Plan - adaptation, mitigation, research and development and communication and awareness.

They included:

• The Queensland Farmers’ Federation ($857,000) — to improve the capacity of agriculture to manage the impacts of climate change • Birchip Cropping Group and Land and Water Australia ($785,000), and WestVic Dairy ($120,000) — to communicate the risks and opportunities presented by

climate change to Australian agriculture. • Australian Farm Institute ($593,000) — to develop understanding of the economic implications for farm businesses of climate change and climate change

policies. • National Farmers’ Federation ($200,000) — to investigate the potential role that soil carbon may play for emissions trading opportunities • Dairy Australia ($155,000), and Meat and Livestock Australia ($30,000) — to

help farmers improve productivity and profitability while at the same time improving greenhouse gas abatement. • Rice Growers’ Association of Australia ($145,000) — for research and development projects to help farmers adapt to the risks and opportunities

associated with climate change.

Funding of $500,000 has also been allocated to the fisheries and forestry sectors to help them address climate change issues.

The $5 million package includes $700,000 earlier provided to the Rural Industries

Research & Development Corporation for research into methane capture and use technology.

The projects emerged from a climate change roundtable attended by more than 50 industry representatives in Canberra earlier this year.

Project details are available on http://www.daff.gov.au/natural-resources/climate

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Ben Houston 02 6277 7520