Rebate scheme expanded for farm water systems

LIVESTOCK farmers will be the beneficiaries of an expanded rebate scheme, aimed at future-proofing drought-affected properties and improving resilience.

The state and federal governments announced an extra cash injection in to the On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR) late last week, with the feds providing an extra $14million to reimburse farmers for installing new water infrastructure on their properties.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the rebates had also been expanded in its scope.

"The federal scheme has also been expanded to include 'backgrounding' or running stock on drought affected properties,” he said.

"Backgrounding helps farmers to better manage their businesses under the current drought conditions and will help farmers and their communities in these challenging times.

"Water efficiency is always important, but during drought is absolutely vital.”

Farmers will be able to claim back up to 75 per cent of their expenses from dam de-silting, water storage, pumps, pipes and associated power supplies under the renewed scheme, which has already delivered $50million in payments.

Just over $1million of the promised funding will be made available for graziers in Queensland to future-proof their operations,” State Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said.

"The EWIR scheme supports animal welfare during the drought, and helps improve the long-term productivity of Queensland producers.

"It is important we continue to provide support to drought-affected farmers to manage during this period and prepare for future droughts.”

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