When it comes to farmer-to-farmer learning, one of the best supporting, and most useful mechanisms out there is on-farm practical demonstration projects.
Over the last four years, the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) has worked with local farmers to conduct 37 on- farm demonstration projects through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program (NLP). Every one of them has taught us something new.
With the first phase of the NLP wrapping–up this year, so too are the demonstration projects, making this a good time for NACC to salute our farmers and project participants, and to recognise the major accomplishments. The demonstration projects were spread right across the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR), with grower groups, individual farmers and industry representatives involved in every project from start to finish.
NACC Sustainable Agriculture Project Manager Sarah Jeffery said the information gathered and lessons learned from the demonstrations was “outstanding and truly beneficial for farmers”.
“I am extremely grateful for how well received this funding has been, and the positive influence it has had on the farming community,” she said.
“Over the years, we have been lucky enough to work with a wide variety of local groups – such as WA Citrus, West Midlands Group, Southern Mango Growers Association, and the Liebe Group just to name a few.
“More than $800,000 has been given to these groups, farmers and agriculture sector businesses to conduct these demonstration projects, and I think all parties are extremely pleased with the final results.”