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July 15th, 2018 by admin

$25 million boost for MIA

THEfederal governmentisprioritising investment in infrastructure over water buybacks with aboost of $25 million in funding on Wednesday.
Nanjing Night Net

The funding,for on-farm water infrastructure projects in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area,will provideabout 806 kilometres of new or refurbished water delivery channels, 1044 kilometres of stock and domestic pipeline for water supply to 227 farmers, 8694 new meters, control points and channel infrastructure and improved water delivery infrastructure.

The cash boost was announced byDeputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce and Member for Farrer Sussan Ley.

Speaking on a property nearWhitton, the ministers said thefunding wouldmeet the strong demand fromirrigators to take part in a ‘Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program’ (PIIOP) that wouldhelpthem to modernise their farms.

Mr Joyce said modern and efficient water infrastructure was the key to securing a healthy and productive future for the basin and the communities, ecosystems andindustriesthat depended on it.

“More modern, efficient and controllable infrastructure delivers tangible benefits to the farmer –like greater flexibility in crop choice, increased yields and the ability to produce a larger crop from lower water allocations,” he said.

Mr Joyce said the funding would do further work in getting efficiency out of irrigation,that would in-turn get better returns back to towns like Griffith.

The upgradestoirrigation schemes to be funded by the PIIOP would result in a net increase in water available for productive use by reducing losses through seepage and evaporation,according to Ms Ley who also emphasised the benefits this would have for local communities.

“Projects like this not only strengthen water security but also benefit the community and help boost the local economy through the use of local resources and suppliers,” she said.

“This additional funding will enable more efficient, controlled water delivery –supporting increased crop production for farmers across the network.”

Mr Joyce said it was great to be in the irrigation area saying ithad done so much for the nation for such a long period of time.

“These are the people who went out west and carved out the blocks and managed to get crops in the ground that actually delivered returns, not only for our nation but also to feed the world,” he said emphasising that it was important to continue to invest in these people.

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