Farming is a tough industry. Production costs are continually rising, market pressures can be emmense plus there is climate variability to contend with. The efficient farming program recognises that growers need to be more efficient to deal  with these difficult challenges. An efficient farm has both production and natural resource management (NRM) outcomes.

Aims:

  1. To promote and encourage the implementation of sustainable land management practices
  2. Monitor the soil and water health of the Mareeba-Dimbulah Water Supply Area (MDWSA).

Philosophy of the project

An efficient farm is a more sustainable and profitable farm. A profitable farm provides a means for a healthier community and environment. A more efficient farm delivers both NRM and production outcomes. Being more efficient means better use of our resources whether it is soil, energy, water or nutrients.

How is it delivered?

The delivery of sustainable land management practices in this program is through a carrot not a stick approach. NGRMG employ a one-on-one extension, mentoring and training approach to skill up local people to move growers to more sustainable land management practices. NGRMG provide production reasons to be more efficient and hence more sustainable.

What is delivered?

The following is delivered to 10 farming enterprises per year in the MDWSA:

  1. Detailed property mapping, spatial information, surveying and geospatial technology support
  2. Nutrient management & Soil health
  3. On-farm leachate, water quality and soil moisture monitoring
  4. Pest & weeds extension
  5. Targeted grants
  6. Irrigation scheduling
  7. Irrigation system assessments

Project Tracking

Current Stage 5/7 70%
Current Phase 4/7 65%
Completion 70%
PETE SHOWING FARMERS THE LEACHATE TUBES
PAT DALEY DISCUSSING THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY WITH A LOCAL FARMER
AN EXAMPLE OF AN OLD IRRIGATION SYSTEM

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