Improving Tasmania’s Soil Services

Jane Howlett, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

Soil health is important for a sustainable and productive agriculture industry.

This is particularly so for Tasmania’s farmers who are renowned for their high-quality produce and need healthy soils for pasture and food production.

Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Jane Howlett, said the Tasmanian Government supports the recently released National Soil Action Plan 2023-2028, which is the first 5-yearly plan under the Australian Government’s 20-year National Soil Strategy.

Partnership agreements between the Australian Government with states and territories aim to deliver activities that provide progress on priority actions under the National Soil Action Plan.

“An important part of our 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future is support for our agricultural sector so that it can continue to prosper,” Minister Howlett said.

“The National Soil Strategy is another way we can do that and will help to address soil health and long-term soil security for our farmers.

“The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania has received $2.34 million over four years in funding under the Partnering to Implement the National Soil Action Plan 2023 to 2028 Program for the Tasmanian High Soil Carbon Landscapes – Improving Soil, Climate, Ecosystem and Traditional Knowledge Project.

“This project will deliver a range of fit for purpose products and tools to inform climate change calculations and inform priority areas for conservation and future studies.

“The project will also look to identify and promote historically under-represented Tasmanian soils, classify these landscape sites to Australian standards, and inform future activities to promote and accelerate conservation of soil and adopt land management practices.

“The project’s findings will support drought resilience planning by farmers, communities and land management organisations under the Future Drought Fund.”

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