$9 million for successful Sustainable Farming Fund grant recipients

1 July 2009

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) has announced the recipients of Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) grants in the 2009/10 funding round - investing a total of $9 million in projects aimed at improving the sustainability of New Zealand's primary industries.

Successful applicants include projects throughout New Zealand which will address water allocation and management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, farm management practices, animal welfare, and pest management.

"SFF has once again been inundated with high quality applications for the 2009/10 funding round. The panel was very pleased to see the level of innovation around sustainable farming coming out of our grass roots rural communities," says SFF Manager Denis Packer.

"The Fund will continue to actively engage with stakeholders on projects which will strengthen the economic, environmental and social performance of New Zealand's agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors."

Projects seeking SFF funding are assessed over a two-phase process on a number of criteria, by an independent panel made up of external experts and MAF staff with specific sector knowledge.

Applications for the 2010/11 funding round close 7 October 2009.

Application forms, guidelines, and criteria are available 1 July, along with SFF project advisor contact details and information about previously funded projects, at the MAF website: www.maf.govt.nz/sff  

 

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Media contact:

Iain Butler | Senior Communications Adviser | MAF Policy
Phone: 64-4-894 0471 | Mobile: 029 894 0471 | Email: iain.butler@maf.govt.nz

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