Expanding irrigated food and fibre production in the Macquarie Valley
Opportunity exists to expand irrigated agricultural production in the Macquarie Valley through increased access to the region’s water resources.
The current level of extraction within the Macquarie-Cudgegong Regulated Rivers water source is well within sustainable levels determined by the Murray Darling Basin Authority.
Increasing access to the region’s water resources while still providing for local environmental water requirements will provide an additional 70,000 Megalitres to the valley’s irrigated agricultural industry on a long-term average annual basis.
Utilising sustainable levels of the region’s water resources for irrigation will boost the gross value of agricultural production in the Macquarie Valley by $50 million per year providing a three-fold benefit to the regional economy and local communities.
Increased irrigated food and fibre production in the Macquarie Valley can be sustainably achieved by better utilisation of existing resources, for example: