$30 million for NSW irrigators to modernise farms

Published 23rd December, 2016 in Environment, Infrastructure

Irrigators in northern NSW can apply for a share of funding to upgrade on-farm water infrastructure.

A modern farm irrigation system

The latest round of funding for the Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation program will recover non-productive water and share it between the environment and irrigators.

All irrigators with eligible entitlements in the NSW Border Rivers, Gwydir, Namoi/Peel, Macquarie/Cudgegong and Barwon/Darling water management can apply for Irrigated Farm Water Use Efficiency Assessment (IFWUEA) funding to assist with infrastructure planning. Applications are open until 30 June 2017.

The benefits of infrastructure upgrades include greater flexibility in crop choice, improved operational efficiencies, increased yields and enhanced water efficiency.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water Niall Blair said the program was an opportunity for northern NSW producers to build additional resilience into their business.

“Previous funding rounds have resulted in over 32 GL of identified water savings, with 10 GL retained by irrigators to boost on-farm productivity,” Mr Blair said.

The Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation program is delivered by the NSW Department of Primary Industries with funding from the Australian Government's Sustainable Rural Water Use & Infrastructure program.

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Published 23rd December, 2016 in Environment, Infrastructure