Irrigation Efficiency funding open

Farmers wishing to upgrade irrigation infrastructure in the central Gippsland area are encouraged to apply for funding under the Central Gippsland Irrigation Efficiency Incentives Program.

The program opens for applications on Monday the 20th of September and will remain open until Friday the 29th October.

“The aim of the program is to encourage irrigators within Central Gippsland to undertake farm planning and on-farm irrigation upgrades to improve irrigation practices, improve farm productivity and reduce the impacts of irrigation on the

Environment,” said Land Programs Coordinator with the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) Anthony Goode.

“Funding is available for such things as farm planning, both developing new farm plans or updating existing plans, and on ground works, such as installing reuse systems, converting flood to spray or drip irrigation systems or best practice surface irrigation, added Anthony.”

In recent years, farmers have made significant changes to their irrigation practices with upgrades and improvements saving many thousands of megalitres of water and improving productivity on farm.

“Certainly, farm businesses that have developed farm plans and made improvements to systems as a result see significant improvements in their operation, both in terms of time saved but also helping to make businesses more profitable,” concluded Anthony.

Funding for the Central Gippsland Irrigation Efficiency Incentives Program is limited, and new eligibility criteria are in place.

Eligible infrastructure projects that meet the program objectives will be allocated through a random ballot process after the application period has closed.

Applications can be submitted between Monday 20th September and Friday 29th October.

More information can be found at www.wgcma.vic.gov.au/for-farmers/incentives21

For further information please contact the irrigation team at the West Gippsland CMA on 1300 094 262 or email alexis.c.killoran@agriculture.vic.gov.au.

 

This project is funded by the Victorian Governments Sustainable Irrigation Program and administered by the West Gippsland CMA in partnership with Agriculture Victoria.

Vegetable irrigation
Spray irrigation working in Newry area. Photo courtesy Craig Moodie.