Barossa Grape and Wine Association secures Federal grant

Barossa Grape and Wine Association chief executive officer James March with Federal Barker MP Tony Pasin discuss soils' health over a glass of Barossa red. Photo: Supplied

Barossa Grape and Wine Association chief executive officer James March with Federal Barker MP Tony Pasin discuss soils' health over a glass of Barossa red. Photo: Supplied

Success in achieving a $139,700 grant now supports Barossa Grape and Wine Association's plans to increase soils' health, designed to increase the financial and environmental sustainability of Barossa vines.

According to BWGA chief executive officer James March, the Smart Farms Grants program handout will assist their project to improve farming practices in the vineyard and boost productivity.

Mr March explained how their project aims to increase the use of compost and mulches to improve undervine soil health.

BWGA was one of 110 projects Australian wide to receive funds from the $9.25 million program.

Federal Barker MP Tony Pasin joined Mr March last week in the Barossa to learn first hand how the funding will reward their proposal to improve on Barossa's farming practices.

"These grants are about encouraging our primary producers to adopt tools and practices that lead to a more sustainable and profitable agricultural sector," Mr Pasin said.