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7 April 2003
Organisations and community groups throughout the country have up to eight
weeks to make an application to the MAF Sustainable Farming Fund if they want to
be considered in this year's funding round.
The Minister for Rural Affairs, Jim Sutton, announced on Friday that the
Government had given the go-ahead for another three years of funding.
Addressing the Farm Forestry Association's annual meeting, Mr Sutton said
that the Fund has been allocated $10.6 million per annum for the next three
"I said in September three years ago, when the Fund came into existence,
that it was the most important measure announced for farming and rural
communities in that year's Budget. I haven't changed my mind about that,"
Mr Sutton said.
"There have been 184 projects funded since it began. That's 184
communities that have been able to advance their economic, social and
environmental sustainability through research co-funded with the
Sustainable Farming Fund Manager, Kevin Steel says the first of the three
newly funded rounds will begin immediately. The closing date for applications is
Friday 6 June.
"This is to enable the selection of successful projects to be made by
mid-September to, as much as possible, fit in with the agricultural
calendar," Mr Steel says.
The Fund sponsors community-based projects aimed at benefiting rural
communities through improving the financial and environmental performance of New
Zealand's land-based sectors.
It has been operating for three years and in that time has distributed $24
million to a wide variety of projects - from pasture development to pest control
to fertiliser use and innovative animal and honey production schemes. The
geographic areas have ranged throughout the country from the Far North to
Kevin Steel says the new three-year funding announcement provides the
opportunity for sector and community based groups to work together to overcome
current production and environmental problems and seize opportunities.
He says that there has already has been strong enquiry from groups who have
project proposals ready to bring forward for consideration.
Material outlining funding criteria, application and guidelines is available:
on the SFF website - www.maf.govt.nz/sff
by phoning 0800 100 087; or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, please contact:
Kevin Steel, Manager, Sustainable Farming Fund, Ph: 04 474 4293