We are pleased to announce that irrigators with eligible entitlements in the NSW Border Rivers and Lower Namoi catchments can now apply for funding under Round 9 of the STBIFM program.
As well, all eligible irrigators in the STBIFM program area may apply for reimbursement of up to 80% (to a maximum of $2,000) of their out of pocket expenses associated with preparing an Irrigated Farm Water Use Efficiency Assessment (IFWUEA).
Key changes to the program are:
Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) is a program being delivered by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI). The Australian Government is providing $111M of funding from the 'Sustainable Rural Water Use & Infrastructure' program.
STBIFM will improve the long term sustainability of regional communities by allowing irrigators to adapt to reduced water availability and update irrigation infrastructure in the NSW Border Rivers, Gwydir, Namoi/Peel, Macquarie/Cudgegong and NSW Barwon–Darling water management areas.
STBIFM aims to achieve water savings by improving on-farm water use efficiency (WUE) and reduce the direct extraction of water from each valley.
DPI is also developing and delivering a capacity building and skills development program to complement the infrastructure incentives.
For further specific enquiries on STBIFM please email: IFM.Info@dpi.nsw.gov.au
A group of 30 cotton growers, irrigators and consultants from northern NSW, Darling Downs (QLD) and Kununurra (WA) recently visited the southern NSW irrigation industry to look at some of the different irrigation layouts and automation systems in action.
Their common goal is to be more efficient in water use, energy, fertiliser and labour.
The tour group visited 10 farms where growers and consultants met the farmers and industry experts who have already initiated some different automated irrigation systems.
From this, growers gained confidence and envisaged what they could achieve in their own operation.
They also gained important insights into the decision-making processes for investing in these systems, how risk is managed, and adopting complementary water management tools and technologies.
New irrigation research offers excellent options for growers to improve efficiency and yield through more precise scheduling and application technology.
The three-day tour, hosted by NSW DPI’s Sustaining the Basin: Irrigation Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) program and CottonInfo, visited irrigation farms located in the Goulburn–Murray, Coleambally and Murrumbidgee irrigation areas, covering dairy, rice and cotton production systems.
For more detailed information about the various sites visited on the tour, read the tour booklet.