Funding is available for farmers who wish to develop a new, or update an existing, whole-farm plan.
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s sustainable irrigation program manager Carl Walters said farm plans were important.
‘‘With all the changes happening in irrigation technology and delivery, the need for a whole-farm plan is more relevant than ever before,’’ Mr Walters said.
He said whole-farm plans had been around for decades and by working with an independent irrigation surveyor and designer, irrigators could develop plans that picked up on property characteristics such as topography, irrigation supply, irrigation systems and environmental features.
‘‘They are a blueprint for the future development of irrigation properties,’’ he said.
‘‘As irrigation technologies have evolved and initiatives such as the Goulburn-Murray Water Connections project are rolled out across the region, an up-to-date whole-farm plan becomes even more important to ensure farmers as well as governments get the best return on their investment in farm and regional irrigation infrastructure.
‘‘Working through different options during this planning stage can help irrigators avoid costly mistakes in the field.’’
Incentives to cover 85 per cent of the design component of completing a whole-farm plan up to a maximum amount of $58.75/ha are available.
Whole-farm plans also provide value for those working with the Connections project or applying for on-farm irrigation infrastructure upgrades through the farm water program.
The whole-farm plan incentive program is funded by the Victorian Government and delivered by the Goulburn Broken CMA and Agriculture Victoria.
For further information, phone Joel Pike at Agriculture Victoria on 54820456.