Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley is encouraging farmers to apply for water under the Federal Government’s Water for Fodder Program when it opens on December 9.
“This is extra water secured by the Morrison Government that will help local farms and businesses, while also producing desperately needed fodder for other regions,” Ms Ley said.
“Farmers can apply at the heavily discounted rate of $100 a megalitre from the second week in December, and water will start to flow before Christmas.
“This water must be used to produce fodder or pasture – fodder cannot be a by-product.
“Dairy farmers for instance could use it to feed their own herds, but for many farms this will be a stimulus to drive income while supplying fodder to drought ravaged areas.
“Farmers can apply for 50ml of water per access licence with a maximum of two applications,” Ms Ley said.
Minister for Water Resources and Drought David Littleproud released guidelines for the program today.
“Water for Fodder will help farmers feed livestock so they can recover quickly when the drought breaks.
“It will help farmers keep their herds healthy, so they’re not forced to destock, with applications for the first 40gl opening in the second week of December with the water to be used by 30 June 2020.
“Our vision is for farm businesses and rural communities to be prepared for and capable of managing drought. This is just one part of our drought plan,” Minister Littleproud said.
For eligibility and to apply, visit https://www.agriculture.gov.au/water/mdb/programs/basin-wide/water-for-fodder You can also email further inquiries to [email protected] or call 1800 900 090.