Scott Morrison’s deal with the Nationals must not ignore land stewardship – an attractive, low-hanging fruit

Published on January 6, 2022

The Nationals this week finally agreed to a plan of net-zero emissions by 2050. Farmers say they’ve done much of the heavy lifting on Australia’s emissions reduction and had been calling for a deal that addressed purported inequities of the past.

Any new climate deal for agriculture should focus on removing hurdles to practical land stewardship. Industry-led sustainability initiatives show what’s possible.

Examples include:

  • myBMP, a best practice training management program helping the cotton industry manage land sustainably and reduce water use
  • Sustainawool, a similar example from the wool sector
  • Freshcare Environmental which achieves similar outcomes in horticulture.

But current incentives and support for farmers to participate in programs like these are not strong enough to ensure a large proportion of farmers take part.

We need a national stewardship investment strategy, developed in partnership with industry and involving sufficient long-term government funding.

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