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Funding to support environmental management.

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Funding to support environmental management

AFFA03/025T 15 May 2003

The Howard Government is providing over $30 million ($33.5 million) to support primary producers and local communities to work together to achieve environmental assurance for on-farm activities.

Growing concern in food safety, environmental management, occupational health and safety means that our primary producers are experiencing increased pressure to verify that their production systems are safe.

In August, the Commonwealth Government announced the Environmental Management Systems Incentives Program (EMSIP). The EMSIP program will provide up to $25 million over five years to support primary producers to verify their investment in environmental management - either through existing industry programs or through collaboration with community groups.

An additional $8.5 million will also be provided to fund 15 on-ground pilot projects that were announced in April. The projects, from across Australia, will test and improve EMS as an integrated tool for improving management, and achieving natural resource management outcomes by the Australian primary production sector.

The primary aim of EMS investment in the rural sector is to ensure that farmers remain economically sustainable. However, the Commonwealth's support of EMS and similar programs - through a systems approach to farm management - also seeks to ensure financial and environmental sustainability.

Developing partnerships between primary producers, local catchment groups, rural industries, and other key stakeholders, is what underpins this investment. Local landcare groups have a strong interest in EMS. Through their promotion of EMS, and existing industry and community-based programs, more farmers will be able to more easily access the available incentives.

The injection of $122.2 million over the next three years into the National Landcare Program in this year's Budget demonstrates the Howard Government's commitment to sustaining Australia's natural environment.

Developing strong partnerships between industry, communities, landholders and all levels of government is the key to ensuring profitable, competitive and sustainable rural industries.

The Commonwealth's firm commitment to this is demonstrated through a suite of measures announced in the 2003 Federal Budget, in addition to ongoing funding in a wide range of continuing programs within the

agriculture portfolio.

EMS Fact Sheets are available for further information.

Further media inquiries:

Senator Troeth's office: Allison Murphy (02) 6277 3002 or 0408 917 639.