Farmers are encouraged to apply for water under the Federal Government’s Water for Fodder Program, when it opens later this month.
Farmers can apply from the second week in December and water will start to flow before Christmas. The water must be used to produce fodder or pasture – fodder can’t be a by-product.
Farmers will have to buy the water in 50 ML lots, with a maximum purchase of 100 ML.
100 ML would grow around 120 tonnes of pasture providing affordable fodder to farmers across Australia.
Water for Fodder will help farmers feed livestock so they can recover quickly when the drought breaks.
Farmers can apply for the first 40 GL in the second week of December with water flowing by Christmas.
For eligibility and to apply, visit https://www.agriculture.gov.au/water/mdb/programs/basin-wide/water-for-fodder or email WaterforFodder@agriculture.gov.au.