Supporting agribusinesses to be more sustainable

Victorian farmers are saving on their energy costs and reducing their emissions on-farm, thanks to a Victorian Government grant program supporting investments in more energy efficient technology.

Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas visited Meredith Dairy in western Victoria, one of several businesses benefitting from the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan (AEIP). The AEIP offers grants up to $250,000 to install infrastructure and technology that will make farms more competitive and protect local jobs.

Under the AEIP, family-run business Meredith Dairy received a $250,000 grant to support its investment in a biomass energy unit, a solar power system and cool room upgrade.

The project is expected to generate over $94,000 in on-farm energy savings each year, which is almost a third of the business’s on-farm energy costs.

In addition to grant funding, the AEIP supports farm businesses better understand their on-farm energy usage and how to reduce it.

This includes free on-farm energy assessments to assist farmers in identifying how they can improve energy efficiency and productivity, as well as research partnerships, demonstrations of energy-efficient technology on-farm, and educational resources for producers on alternative energy options.

Under the AEIP, 546 grants totalling $29 million have been awarded so far and almost 1,370 on-farm energy assessments have been completed, valued at $12 million.

The Government is protecting and strengthening the future of agriculture through the 10-year Agriculture Strategy, building a more resilient, energy efficient and internationally competitive sector that is well-placed to respond to climate change.

This program is one of the many ways the Victorian Government is leading the way in providing a clear path forward for farmers to prepare for and respond to climate change.

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Source: Vic Government