Australian Water Programme Makes Massive Savings

AUSTRALIA - A unique water saving programme by Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries has saved the dairy industry nearly $70 million dollars, setting the standard for other farming industries.
calendar icon 25 August 2009
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Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland Tim Mulherin told the Queensland Dairyfarmer's conference in Toowoomba, that significant improvements in water use had been made in the last 9 years, reports MySunshineCoast.

"These improvements have been made through the Rural Water Use Efficiency program," Mr Mulherin said.

"Given many parts of Queensland are in drought and with long term future projections of variable rainfall, it's vital that our dairy farmers can adapt, which is why any measure to use water more efficiently is absolutely crucial.

"This program has saved dairy farmers more than 11 000 mega litres, equivalent to 11 000 Olympic swimming pools.

"It has also saved a further 2 500 mega litres used to grow fodder, which equates to approximately 12 per cent of the industry's current water use.

"This has been achieved by working with producers on their farms to examine ways of saving water."

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