Ricegrowers Welcome On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Funding

1 Apr 2014 2:31 PM -

The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia Inc (RGA) has welcomed $280,000 ‘in principle’ funding awarded to the New South Wales Murray Valley Consortium to deliver on-farm irrigation efficiency projects under the Australian Government’s On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program (the Program).

Following the successful implementation of around $49.5 million worth of projects in Rounds One, Two and Three of the Program, RGA Executive Director, Ruth Wade, said that the RGA, in collaboration with Murray Local Land Services and Moira Private Irrigation District, was pleased to be delivering a further $280,000 worth of irrigation efficiency projects in the Murray Valley.

“Improved irrigation efficiency allows additional water to be allocated to the environment without reducing the productive capacity of the region,” Mrs Wade said.

“Along with maintaining the viability of farm businesses dependent on irrigation, it helps secure the economic base of related industries through the purchase of goods and services locally.”

Mrs Wade said irrigators in the Murray and Murrumbidgee Valley would be disappointed the RGA’s Murray Consortium was not awarded more funding and the Murrumbidgee Consortium missed out altogether in what is likely to be the final round of funding under the current Program.

“There was an enormous level of interest in Round Four from irrigators keen to undertake irrigation efficiency works on their farms. With around 200 projects missing out in the Murray and Murrumbidgee, there is clearly a need for the Government to continue funding for these kinds of programs to achieve the water recovery target that has been set by the Basin Plan,” Mrs Wade said.

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