Funding remains available for irrigators across Victoria’s North Central region to develop a new whole farm plan or renew an outdated plan following modernisation across the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.
The incentive, administered by Agriculture Victoria, can cover up to 85 per cent of the survey and design component of completing a whole farm plan.
Agriculture Victoria North Central Regional Manager Irrigation Matthew Hawken said with unprecedented changes in irrigation technology and delivery systems, the need for a whole farm plan was more relevant than ever before.
“The whole farm plan picks up on property characteristics such as topography, soil type, irrigation supply, irrigation system and environmental features,” Mr Hawken said.
“Irrigators work with an independent irrigation surveyor and designer to develop a whole farm plan that documents the future development of their properties,” he said.
“Working through several different design options during this planning stage ensures irrigators avoid costly mistakes in the implementation and construction phase.”
Whole farm plans provide irrigators with the information they need to source independent quotes to ensure they get the best value for money from any on-farm upgrades.
The Whole Farm Plan Incentive program is funded by the Victorian Government and delivered by the North Central CMA and Agriculture Victoria.