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Ir­ri­ga­tors face tough choices In re­sponse to ‘‘Dry times proof of plan’s im­por­tance’’ by MDBA chief ex­ec­u­tive Phillip Glyde (Coun­try News, July 31).

Phillip warns of im­pend­ing drought con­di­tions but with ‘‘a MDB plan now in place it will work in the in­ter­ests of ev­ery­one in the basin’’.

I won­der what food-pro­duc­ing ir­ri­ga­tors would say about the price of tem­po­rary wa­ter ris­ing to $400/Ml and wa­ter shares at record pric­ings of $4000/Ml (caused by the changes).

They now have the choices of ei­ther go­ing broke us­ing more wa­ter to grow the food or sell­ing wa­ter and not to grow food.

Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter must be won­der­ing what is hap­pen­ing with in­creas­ing debtors and wa­ter di­vert­ing at rates un­sus­tain­able for G-MW and farm­ers in this dis­trict. — Wil­liam Mor­gan In­ver­gor­don

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