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REVIEW OF CURRENT VEGETABLE IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGIES
The Australian vegetable industry is a composite of numerous crop types, production systems, and human demographics of a very diverse nature, involved in producing some of the most high value and high risk fresh and processed produce in the world. The GVP of vegetable crops (including the non-vegetable levy sector) was AUD$3.3 billion in 2012 with over 6,000 growers around the country in diverse climates and soils dealing with various environmental and political challenges and regulation.
It is also worth noting that the industry has a high proportion of growers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (‘CALD’), with NSW for example having up to 80% of growers representing a multitude of nationalities, languages and cultures.
The purpose of this document is to provide industry with a summary of the most relevant and practicable irrigation technologies which vegetable growers across Australia could adopt. The outcome of adopting any of these technologies should be both improved water use efficiency and economic sustainability in the long term.
The primary audience for this project and this report is the vegetable grower. This document will focus on technologies and management practice themes which were identified through broad consultation with three groups of stakeholders:
Project was a joint initiative between Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) , Irrigation Australia (IAL), NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and Greater Sydney Local Land Services (LLS)