Graziers across Northern Australia will benefit from an $8 million partnership between the Queensland Government, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to better manage drought and climate risks.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner has launched the Northern Australian Climate Project (NACP) on the downs today and says it was essential to invest in research to better prepare for the future.
“Research includes working with national and international climate modellers to improve seasonal forecasts and improving predictions of multi-year droughts. Our focus is to help producers build resilience and increase business productivity, leading to more profitable and sustainable grazing businesses.”
The project aims to develop resources that will focus on reducing land degradation and boosting productivity in our variable climate through a range of tools, digitaltechnologies and networks.
Mr Furner says is part of a wider program aimed at bringing together industry, leading academics and primary producers.
“The Drought and Climate Adaptation Program (DCAP), of which NACP is one of nine projects, is an example of how this partnership can work. DCAP brings together the best climate scientists, and cutting-edge researchers in the state, nationally and globally to work with government and industry leaders to help Queensland primary producers better manage drought and climate impacts.”
This $8 million NACP partnership consists of a $3 million contribution from the Queensland Government, $4 million from MLA through the MLA Donor Company (MDC) and $960,000 from USQ.
MLA R&D Manager Doug McNicholl said the project would assist in improving the capacity of the red meat industry to manage drought and climate risk across northern Australia.
“A key focus of the project will be improving the knowledge and skills of producers across northern Australia to enable proactive management of climate variability which minimises exposure to environmental, profitability and productivity losses.”
“We are utilising a combination of innovative research, development and extension projects to build capacity across the red meat industry in northern Australia – and will see the delivery of a range of projects identified through Phase 1 of the NACP.”