MAF's 2011 Sustainable Farming Fund round opens

5 August 2010

The new funding round for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's (MAF's) Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) opens today.

Each year the SFF grants up to $8 million (GST exclusive) to farmer, grower and forester-led groups for projects which contribute to the sustainable growth of New Zealand's land-based primary industries.

Fund Manager, Denis Packer says, "The Sustainable Farming Fund will be looking for proposals which deliver economic, environmental and social benefits to primary industries and rural communities. Projects can cover shared problems, developing new opportunities or sharing best practice."

Applications for the 2011 round are due by 4 October 2010.

There is also funding available (up to $25 000 per project) for smaller projects with a local or regional focus. These applications are due by 14 February 2011.

"The fund has been a great success. Since the SFF began in 2000, over 700 projects have been supported from across the horticultural, agricultural and forestry sectors, to assist landowners develop more sustainable practices," says Mr Packer.

"Projects have ranged from pasture development to sustainable pest control, irrigation to information sharing and innovative production schemes. The SFF funds projects throughout the country from the Far North to Southland."

For more information, or to discuss potential applications, contact a MAF SFF project adviser.

Their contact details, application forms, guidelines, criteria, and information about previously funded projects are on


Media contact:
Jackie Grenfell | Senior Communications Adviser | MAF Communications
Phone: 64-4-894 0376 | Mobile: 029 894 0376 | Email:



Last Updated: 22 September 2010

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