Ir­ri­ga­tion ex­cur­sion

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion’s world-class re­mote con­trol tech­nol­ogy is at­tract­ing in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion, with the De­niliquin­based com­pany last week host­ing a group of se­nior Pa­pua New Guinean gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

The vis­it­ing politi­cians were in the re­gion to learn about com­mer­cial rice farm­ing and a visit to Aus­tralia’s largest ir­ri­ga­tion com­pany was high on the agenda.

Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager – ma­jor en­gi­neer­ing projects War­ren Jose said the group was im­pressed by the scale of the com­pany’s op­er­a­tions.

‘‘We spoke about the com­pany, its cus­tomers and our ir­ri­ga­tion net­work in gen­eral,’’ Mr Jose said.

‘‘The vis­i­tors were par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in our re­mote con­trol tech­nol­ogy and our mod­erni­sa­tion jour­ney.

‘‘The tour started at the Hume Dam, be­fore mak­ing its way to our foot­print.

‘‘I think their in­ter­est speaks vol­umes about the rep­u­ta­tion of our re­gion and the qual­ity of our ir­ri­ga­tion net­work.’’

The tour was or­gan­ised by Pa­pua New Guinea’s lead­ing rice dis­trib­u­tor, Trukai In­dus­tries Ltd, which is part-owned by SunRice Aus­tralia.

The del­e­ga­tion com­prised Vice Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Live­stock Henry Ame, Western Gover­nor Taboi Awi Yoto and other se­nior of­fi­cials from the re­spec­tive de­part­ments of Agri­cul­ture and Live­stock and Com­merce and In­dus­try.

The group later trav­elled to Can­berra to meet with the De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade (DFAT).

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