SOUTH Australian livestock producers affected by drought will have access to $5 million to improve and install water infrastructure, after the roll out of the On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme was announced for this state.
The federal program has been allocated $50m to share across drought-affected states.
The scheme allows a 25 per cent rebate – up to $25,000 for eligible projects, including new purchases and installation of pipes, water storages and water pumps, distilling dams, and associated power supplies, such as generators.
Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Tim Whetstone said providing a rebate for water infrastructure would assist South Australian communities impacted by drought.
“As many parts of South Australia battle dry conditions, it is important the Australian and South Australian governments work together to deliver vital support to farmers and communities,” he said.
“This rebate scheme will help to ensure long-term viability and preparedness against drought conditions and provide financial assistance to install infrastructure for crops and livestock.”
Federal Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud said the rebate would help SA farmers in drought buy and install new water infrastructure to improve drought resilience.
“Water efficiency is always important and during the drought it’s vital,” he said.
“Farmers can claim up to a quarter of the costs to have new on-farm infrastructure put in.
“The rebate will help improve farm resilience and protect livestock.
“Some farmers have been facing drought for years and we’re standing shoulder to shoulder with them so they can get through it and prepare for future droughts.”
The scheme applies to purchases made since July 1, 2018.