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MEETING THE CHALLENGES FOR SUSTAINABILITY29 Jun, 2010 12:00 AM

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MEETING THE CHALLENGES FOR SUSTAINABILITY

In an ever-changing industry climate, there remains the challenge for producers to maximise efficiencies for sustainability. They must work through economic, environmental and political changes, especially in light of Federal government water reforms, to better utilise resources like infrastructure and capital, as well as business techniques.

There are workable options addressing the challenges.

“Sustainable agriculture within all requirements is a realistic goal,” says Chris Botfield, from Western Land Planning (WLP) an organisation supporting industry toward sustainability.

“From our experience over the last 10 years, we have developed a cohesive approach toward sustainability that harnesses people’s skills and networks, re-training to develop skill base and accurately assessing property environmental and capital resources,” Chris says.

“Working on land and enterprise capability planning, involving landholder consultation and training along with extensive technical research by environmental and engineering experts, has carved out effective frameworks delivering greater efficiency in farm water management.

"Our provision of group facilitation and capacity building, irrigation modernisation planning and development among the existing environmental infrastructures has provided valuable information to us and given irrigators a perspective required for sustainability,” he said.

“We’ve also formulated effective business planning and development methods contributing to sustainability,” adds David Edmondson, business management expert from WLP.

“Our business analysis planning consultation has provided industry support, as has funding opportunities that we facilitate for development and management. The industry can produce results among the challenges of modernisation,” David said.

“Our direct experience within different regions providing effective assessment and planning, along with relevant information and skills development as well as outlining funding options contributes to forward motion,” adds Chris.

“The challenges to the agricultural industry to achieve economic stability goals, maintenance of securing industry outcomes, protecting significant environmental assets and preparing for climate change is achievable with a sound approach that creates positive outcomes,” he said.