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A rebate scheme that helps farmers to secure the water supply on their properties has been extended.

The Federal Government has committed another $50 million for the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme, bringing the total to $100 million being made available.

Local MP Darren Chester said the scheme provides rebates of up to 25 per cent of eligible infrastructure costs.

“Farmers throughout Gippsland, particularly in the east, have suffered through many years of drought,” Mr Chester said.

“These rebates are capped at $25,000 and can be used for infrastructure projects like drilling new bores, desilting dams and providing more piping for livestock producers and horticulturalists with permanent plantings.

“It is essential that financial support is available so they can make improvements to their properties and improve their drought resilience.

“While there has been welcome rain recently, drought recovery is not a quick process and this rebate scheme will help more farmers to better prepare for future drought events.

“It is inevitable that we will experience drought in the future but making these investments now will help lessen the impact on our farmers and agriculture sector.”

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the scheme was extremely popular as it provided much needed assistance to improve water security, productivity and profitability.

“The Commonwealth has stepped up to provide this extra funding to ensure more farmers do not miss out on this crucial rebate, and I know farmers would welcome state governments also stepping up to co-fund these rebates in order to provide certainty to communities,” Minister Littleproud said.

The On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme is managed by the State Government.

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