The NSW government is urging primary producers to put their best ideas forward to cut costs and reduce on-farm energy use, and is offering up to $2.25 million in grants.
“In the midst of the worst drought on record, it’s more important than ever that farmers are efficient, and get the best bang for their buck so they can improve their business’ bottom line,” says Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall.
Proposals can include clean power generation and storage, efficiency enhancements to machinery, and energy optimisation through on-farm value adding.
“Whether it’s finding a way to reduce energy use by better utilising farm machinery and equipment, or improving return on investment by turning farm produce into consumer products onsite, this is an opportunity to cut costs and boost profits,” Marshall says.
Ten grants of up to $50,000 are available to fund feasibility studies. The NSW government will then invite at least five successful projects to apply for funding of up to $350,000, to implement a pilot project based on their proposal.
Successful proponents who are awarded the pilot project funding will be required to contribute matching funding up to 50 per cent of the cost of the project.
Applications must be lodged online by October 31.
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