Jour­nal­ists to meet ir­ri­ga­tors

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

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.

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