QFF concerned over water supply and irrigation issues
QUEENSLAND Farmers Federation president Stuart Armitage has released a statement regarding the huge importance of water in these trying times.
“If there is one issue that unites Queensland’s agriculture industries, it’s water,” Mr Armitage said.
“Living on the second driest continent on Earth after Antarctica has made Australia one of the highest per capita consumers of water in the world.
“It’s unsurprising that water is the catalyst that often makes or breaks our sector’s future.”
Mr Armitage made a point of highlighting some of the issues surrounding water.
“Farmers are aware that there are still large areas adjoining irrigation regions where the take of water is not regulated,” Mr Armitage said.
“There is a growing concern that the growth in demand for water in these areas will impact negatively on the availability of water for irrigation entitlements.
“Users with un-metered allocations are operating in a grey area that is compromising the integrity and reliability of neighbouring entitlements.”
Mr Armitage said the QFF was particularly concerned lifestyle properties, peri-urban developments and non-compliant irrigation use are having a heavy impact on localised irrigation water supplies.
“Water security and reliability of current allocations is a major issue for all of Queensland’s agricultural industries,” Mr Armitage said.
“We need certainty that water will be there.”