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P R I M A R Y INDUSTRY MEDIA RELEASE

STATEMENT BY 2 - 7

THE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY THE RT. HON. IAN SINCLAIR M.P.

CANBERRA

25 February, 1979

STRONG DEMAND FOR EXTENSION FUNDS

Grants totalling $158,000 have been made for 51 new rural extension

services projects, the Minister for Primary Industry, Mr. Ian

Sinclair, announced today.

The Grants were made under widened criteria adopted by the

Commonwealth this year for private agencies involved in agricultural

extension and regional research.

Mr. Sinclair said the wider Extension Services Grant scheme

represented a major Commonwealth effort to expand the range of

information available to the farming community.

While the bulk of this year's $10 million Grant was still directed

towards State Departments of Agriculture, the Government recognised

the need to assist other agencies in the field, he said.

The new projects to be funded this year ranged from a study of rural

problems in South Australia's Riverland to finding productive

pastures suited to N.S.W. north-west slopes and piggery, management

in Victoria. .

Eighteen of the projects are located in New South Wales, 12 in

Victoria, 7 in Western Australia, 6 in Queensland, 6 in Tasmania,

and 2 in South Australia.

All would be undertaken in co-operation with State Departments of

Agriculture.

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Mr. Sinclair said more than half the successful projects had a

direct farmer involvement. This was in keeping with the aims of

the scheme which sought to develop a greater degree of farmer

involvement along with the agencies servicing them.

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Mr. Sinclair said there was strong competition for grant

funds available this year and not all applications for

assistance could be satisfied.

Agencies seeking grants for 1979/80 should apply direct to

their State Department of Agriculture for further information,

he added. .