Legislative Council: Thursday, July 06, 2023


Climate Change Action Plan

In reply to the Hon. T.A. FRANKS ().31 May 2023).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): I am advised:

In addition to the Growing Carbon Farming Demonstration Pilot that I have already highlighted and the Trees on Farms initiative other notable projects include:

Carbon footprint and feasibility project

This oversubscribed project was delivered in partnership with AgExcellence Alliance and other local partners including landscape boards and worked one-on-one with 64 producers across the state to develop on-farm carbon footprints and workshop emission reduction strategies. Guides to carbon footprint assessment for three South Australian production systems (cropping, livestock and viticulture) and four case studies were also developed to assist producers. Carbon footprints are a key starting point and provide essential information for producers to determine what actions are appropriate to reduce emissions and outline pathways to carbon neutrality.

The project was co-funded by the state and Australian governments through the Future Drought Fund's Farm Business Resilience Program, with a contribution of $95,000 and contributions from other partners.

Biodynamic liquid fertiliser from seaweeds and fish processing wastes

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) is also leading a project on development of a liquid fertiliser from cultivated seaweeds and fish processing wastes in collaboration with Australian Marine Bioproducts Ltd and funded by Marine Bioproducts CRC.

The cultivation of native seaweeds is being undertaken in Port Lincoln adjacent to the finfish farms and will see the uptake and assimilation of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus from the marine environment. The liquid fertiliser developed will also contribute to abatement of carbon in farms where the product will be utilised.