Journalists to meet irrigators
Journalists will be invited to visit irrigation farms following an initiative from the New South Wales Irrigators’ Council.
It wants journalists to meet the state’s irrigation farmers.
NSW Irrigators’ Council CEO Luke Simpkins said they believe the initiative will be a valuable way for journalists to better understand farmers who use irrigation to produce our food and fibre. It will also give them the opportunity to meet the communities these farmers support.
“It has been hard seeing the irrigation farmers we admire for their efficient and ethical practices being misrepresented and then reported in the media – so we’re doing something about it.
“It is important for our integrity as an industry that people can understand how our system works, and why farmers use irrigation technology and infrastructure.
“The purpose of irrigation technology is to best manage the water resources we do have. Irrigation allows management of water in a way that maximises the yields of food and fibre so we can get the most out of the water which is available, which is very important in a country as dry country as ours,’’ Mr Simpkins said.
He added without the use of irrigation technologies, yields would be lower, meaning we would have to use more water to maintain the same amount of food and fibre production.