Tasmanian Irrigation (TI) is delivering nation-leading irrigation schemes enabling farmers to diversify, value add and expand their existing farming operations; a key plank for meeting our target of increasing the farm gate value of Tasmania’s agricultural sector to $10 billion a year by 2050.
The 2018/19 Annual Report, tabled in Parliament today, confirms irrigation is underpinning agricultural production and boosting farm productivity across the State.
Key achievements outlined in the report include:
The Hodgman and Morrison Governments are jointly investing $170 million into our Pipeline to Prosperity - Tranche 3, which will allow TI to deliver the first phase of at least five new irrigation schemes across the state, whilst Tasmanian Irrigation continues with the planning for other proposed schemes.
The first five projects proposed in the Don, Fingal, Northern Midlands, Sassafras Wesley Vale, and Tamar districts are progressing through the planning and approvals process and would provide farmers in each district with confidence to invest further in growing their businesses.
I would like to thank the Board and Staff at Tasmanian Irrigation for their outstanding work in partnership with farmers which is underpinning Tasmanian agriculture for generations to come.