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The Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), scheme that has contributed more than $7.5 million to primary sector research projects in Taranaki, has $7 million available for applied research projects led by the primary sector that helps boost rural communities, the economy and environmental sustainability. MPI’s Director of Investment Programmes said the fund believes those closest are best placed to understand how it can be dealt with and how to get buy-in from their industry and community. Since 2000, the fund has contributed $150 million to over 1000 projects nationwide. The fund also contributed $397,000 to a three-year trial to grow the skills and improve the profitability and performance of fodder beet crop farmers. The SFF receive high calibre of applications annually, and MPI encouraged applications that showcased innovative approaches to addressing primary industry problems and opportunities.