Funding now available for infrastructure upgrades for New South Wales irrigators

Written by  27 April 2016
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Irrigators in northern New South Wales can now apply for a share of $111 million in funding to upgrade on-farm water infrastructure, with Round 7 of the Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation program opening today.

 

‘Under this program, irrigators are able to implement infrastructure improvements that deliver real benefits at the farm gate, like greater flexibility in crop choice, increased yields and the ability to produce a larger crop from lower water allocations,’ says Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce.

‘More than $9.5 million was invested in projects under Round 6 of the program, including works to upgrade and reconfigure water storages, and install new infrastructure, such as pump stations and lateral-move irrigation systems.

‘These projects are expected to generate more than 2960 megalitres in water savings – of which more than 700 megalitres will be retained by irrigators, and the remainder used to support positive environmental outcomes in the Basin.

‘Building better infrastructure is at the core of our vision for a productive and healthy Murray–Darling Basin, and we are making an average of around $2.5 million available each day for infrastructure upgrades to support agricultural productivity and profitability, strong communities, and healthy ecosystems across the Basin.’

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