Water boost welcomed
ABOUT 100 Bundaberg irrigators are looking forward to increased crop yields next season, despite water allocations being lower than they had hoped.
Bundaberg Irrigators Advisory Committee chairman Mark Mammino said the region's sugar mills could see a significant increase in tonnage next season, after many canefarmers took advantage of temporary transfer water at the reduced price of $20 per mega-litre.
“The water has to be used by December 31, so it will change (the growers') irrigation strategy and allow the crops to get established a lot earlier than usual,” Mr Mammino said.
“It should result in a healthy crop for next season.”
He said the temporary transfer arrangement for 15,000 mega-litres of water came about after negotiations with SunWater, Burnett Water and Natural Resources and Water Minister Stephen Robertson.