The Australian dairy industry believes the Australian Government’s national water initiative announcement is consistent with its strong views on water utilization in agriculture and dairy in particular.
ADF president Allan Burgess said Prime Minister John Howard’s announcement was entirely consistent with the industry’s view on water and largely reflected the principles of discussions the industry has been having with Government in recent months. “On the surface at least, the Government’s announcement appears to continue the dairy industry’s thrust to support farmers and their investment in maximizing what is now recognized more widely as the nation’s most valuable resource,” Mr. Burgess said. “The announcement contains many features and principles in common with the industry – most particularly the wisdom of co-investment with farmers in leading-edge water management infrastructure. “The principles the industry applies to water use also embrace continuous improvement in the effective and efficient use of water. It would appear the government’s approach is consistent with ours. We look forward to seeing the detail of the proposal and to discuss how the dairy industry can make a further contribution to the long term sustainability of irrigation water use in