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A project to establish and promote best practice African Lovegrass control in East Gippsland has received Federal funding.

Local MP Darren Chester announced that Tom’s Creek Landcare Group would receive a $69,024 grant to improve the profitability and productivity of farms in the region.

“This project will use a multi-method approach to help farmers, including restoring productive pastures and reducing inappropriate herbicide use” Mr Chester said.

“There will also be promotion of best practice methods of lovegrass control by demonstration, updating currently available information and encouraging peer learning.

“Local farmers will be able to keep up to date with latest methods and ensure they are looking after their property and produce in an appropriate and safe way.”

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said our farmers produced the best food and fibre in the world because of their ingenuity, resilience and incredible work ethic.

“They have always looked after the land and this program supports their continued environmental stewardship by backing clever ideas that deliver good on-ground results,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The Australian Government is investing almost $6.5 million through the fourth round of Smart Farm Small Grants towards a diverse range of local projects across Australia.

“They aim to improve environmental, economic, and social outcomes through better sustainability, productivity and profitability in the food, fibre and forestry industries.”

Tom’s Creek Landcare Group was one of two organisations in Gippsland to receive a share of almost $170,000 allocated under the Smart Farms Small Grants program.

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