Water use efficiency

Inquiry. The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources wants to hear submissions from local farmers and other agricultural organisations regarding the committee’s inquiry into water use efficiency in agriculture.

Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay, who is the deputy chair of the committee, said the group is investigating the adequacy and efficacy of current programs in achieving irrigation water use efficiencies in Australian agriculture.

“The inquiry is looking at how existing expenditure provides value for money for the Commonwealth and ways that we can possibly improve the delivery and administration of programs,” she said.

“The inquiry wants to also look at how to maintain or increase agriculture production while considering environmental flows and how to adopt best practice in irrigation.

“Water is one of the most important resources in the world, particularly for the Tasmanian farmers who grow our produce.

“In an increasingly dry climate, how we manage our water usage is more important than ever.

“Tasmanian farmers’ irrigation development and research are leading the way in water use efficiency and agricultural productivity. It’s important the committee hears how Tasmania performs, lessons learnt and for committee members to be informed of measures that can be implemented elsewhere in Australia.”

A promotional video outlining this inquiry is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq3tQENVfZ4.

Submissions can be made on the Australian Parliament House website at www.aph.gov.au and follow the committee’s link.


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