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NSW irrigators benefit from further funding for water use efficiency

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Irrigators in NSW can now apply for a share of $111 million in funding to upgrade and modernise their on-farm water infrastructure, with the opening today of Round 8 of the Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation program. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce and NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said government and industry had injected more than $75 million into modernising irrigation infrastructure to date through the program.

"This is clever investment which boosts productivity, improves water use efficiency, eliminates waste and improves returns at the farmgate," Minister Joyce said.

"More than 100 NSW irrigators have already used the program to become more efficient and profitable. In addition to improving irrigators' productivity, it is supporting the health of the Murray-Darling and improving the long term sustainability of regional communities."

Minister Blair said 100 projects had been funded under the program and more than 60 had already been completed.

“Irrigators with eligible entitlements from the Barwon Darling, Border Rivers and Lower Namoi catchments can apply for this round infrastructure modernisation funding,” Minister Blair said.

“The value of individual projects funded to date ranges from $51,000 to $5.5 million and we have now made it even easier for irrigators to apply for funding, as well as to plan and finance their projects.

“In addition, all irrigators from catchments in the program area who have eligible water entitlements can now also apply for financial assistance for the preparation of an Irrigated Farm Water Use Efficiency Assessment (IFWUEA).”

The NSW Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation program is funded by the Australian Government through the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program.

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