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Water Project to Drive Fresh Food Production

Portfolio: Agriculture and Food, Regional Development * $3.8million project to improve water use efficiency for irrigated agriculture * Royalties for Regions funded initiative A new State Government project will help irrigated agricultural businesses in Western Australia improve water efficiency to get ‘more crop per drop’. Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman said the $3.8million project, funded through Royalties for Regions, would allow farmers to better meet growing demand for fresh food with finite water resources. “More efficient water use will help producers operate sustainable businesses in the face of increased climate variability and diminishing water resources,” Mr Redman said. “The project, led by the Department of Agriculture and Food, would rely on good partnerships with agencies such as the Department of Regional Development and Lands as well as local and regional stakeholders. “Development officers will be appointed to focus on better water use across the vegetable, fruit and grape sectors. “The department will provide a free service to assess the current water use efficiency of farm businesses, aiming to complete 300 on-farm assessments during the next two years.” The Minister said demonstration sites would be developed to show how more efficient water use could be achieved through improved techniques and new technologies. “Using water more efficiently will reduce pumping costs and also has the potential to cut fertiliser use,” Mr Redman said. Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the water efficiency project was part of a $78.2million regional water and natural resource management initiative funded through Royalties for Regions. “This project aims to improve the productivity and water efficiency of the irrigated agriculture sector through irrigation improvement plans, the provision of better decision making tools and skill development to encourage infrastructure upgrades,” Mr Grylls said. Fact File * The project builds on previous successful collaborations including Waterwise on the Farm and Vegetable Irrigation Scheduling Systems projects * Irrigated agricultural production in WA is worth approximately $1billion annually at the farm gate * The State Government’s Royalties for Regions program is administered by the Department of Regional Development and Lands

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