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On-farm water infrastructure rolls out

19 March 2010

THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) welcomes today’s roll-out of the first instalment of the Federal Government’s $300 million On-Farm Water Efficiency project for the Southern Connected Basin and Lachlan Valley.

The NFF has been consistently calling on the Government to accelerate delivery of water infrastructure projects, so we and our members are delighted that this project is finally hitting the ground.

“This initiative will see governments partner with irrigators to continue their proven ability to improve water-use efficiency, share water savings with the environment and create jobs in the bush,” NFF President David Crombie said.

“This important program is a victory for the future of many irrigation communities, assisting irrigators to produce more food and fibre with less water, and to align on-farm infrastructure with irrigation delivery system investment.

“Today’s $100 million first instalment is good news for production at a time when the world is crying out for food and fibre and, despite the challenges we face, in Australia we excel at producing it. It is a boost for the environment, stimulates employment and supports regional communities.”

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