Food and fibre producers in the Macquarie Valley welcome the increased general security allocations in the Macquarie and Cudgegong rivers that were announced by DPI Water today.
The announcement is the first increase since August last year and is the result of the June inflows to Burrendong Dam which have seen the dam reach 24% capacity for the first time since October 2014.
“An increase in allocation is always positive news for the valley’s irrigated agricultural producers, and this flows on to the region’s economy”, says MRFF Executive Officer Grant Buckley.
“Today’s announcement is a positive way to kick off the 2016/17 water year, particularly as it follows three consecutive years of single digit allocations for the valley”.
With Burrendong Dam still receiving inflows from recent rain events and the Bureau of Meteorology predicting above average rainfall in the coming months irrigators are hopeful that there will be further increases to allocations which would be beneficial to the local communities.
“The water that has been made available as a result of today’s announcement will contribute at least $35 million to the region’s gross value of irrigated agricultural production and provide a boost to local farming jobs” Mr Buckley said.
The 11% allocation will be combined with any water carried over from previous years to help irrigators make decisions in relation to their winter crops and improves the outlook for the upcoming summer season.