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Improving irrigated agricultural productivity in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin

A new Queensland Government initiative is set to improve economic productivity from irrigated agriculture in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin. The Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has provided DAF with funding of $2.2 million to run a three year project as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Development Program (MDBREDP), with in-kind support from Queensland Government agencies.

The project will focus on the communities in the Balonne and Border Rivers districts, which have been most impacted by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. To administer the project, DAF has appointed two staff in Goondiwindi (Dr Simon White- Senior Research Scientist and Mr Grant Cutler-Technical Officer) to work closely with irrigators to:

  • benchmark existing water productivity at a farm and field scale;
  • undertake field trials;
  • produce case studies; and,
  • publicise irrigation efficiency management practices and technologies through workshop and demonstration days.

Another aspect of this project is to perform field validations of the web-based irrigation scheduling tool WaterSCHED on commercial farms.  For more information on WaterSCHED, visit http://watersched.daff.qld.gov.au/default.aspx

For more information on the project or to indicate you interest in involvement, please contact Dr Simon White (0475 830 538) or Grant Cutler (0475 830 012).

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