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Greens support for Coalition pledge to Peter Andrews NSF

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:43 am
by duane
Govt vows cash to make farming resilient
AAP November 10, 2007 - 1:34PM

A re-elected Howard government would spend $6 million on a demonstration and study of natural sequence farming.

The technique, developed by NSW Hunter Valley landowner Peter Andrews, is designed to improve the health of floodplains and streams by slowing the rate of water flow after rain.

Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull said natural sequence farming techniques trialled to date had proved resilient to drought and deserved further investigation.

Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran said $6 million would be spent setting up a network of demonstration sites and establishing a scientific review panel to analyse and audit each site.

Greens senator Rachel Siewert said the funding was a welcome initiative but it needed to be part of a broader approach to improving water use in farming.

"The series of trials (of natural sequence farming) need to fit into an overall strategic approach to managing the landscape in a changing climate," she told AAP.