Graziers across Northern Australia will benefit from an $8 million partnership between the Palaszczuk Government, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to better manage drought and climate risks.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner launched the Northern Australian Climate Project (NACP) from Toowoomba today and said it was essential to invest in research to better prepare for the future.
“The Palaszczuk Government has provided $17.5 million over five years to improve the capacity of the agriculture sector to manage drought and our variable and changing climate.
“Research includes working with national and international climate modellers to improve seasonal forecasts and improving predictions of multi-year droughts.
“Our focus is to help producers build resilience and increase business productivity, leading to more profitable and sustainable grazing businesses.
“This will be achieved by developing resources that will focus on reducing land degradation and boosting productivity in our variable climate through a range of tools, digital technologies and networks.
Mr Furner said the project is part of a wider program initiated by the Palaszczuk Government that is bringing together industry, leading academics and primary producers.
“The Drought and Climate Adaptation Program (DCAP), of which NACP is one of nine projects, is an example of how this partnership can work,” he said.
“DCAP brings together the best climate scientists, and cutting-edge researchers in the state, nationally and globally to work with government and industry leaders to help Queensland primary producers better manage drought and climate impacts.
“Other industry, government and university partners see the value in these projects and are making significant contributions to build on our investment for the benefit of the agriculture sector.
The $8 million NACP partnership consists of a $3 million contribution from the Queensland Government, $4 million fr...
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