Thousands of dollars can be saved through efficient irrigation!

11 May 2015

That was the take home message from the recent irrigation efficiency training delivered in Mareeba on the 13th and 14th of April by Northern Gulf Resource Management Group.

Renowned Irrigation Agronomist, Pat Daley teamed-up with University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Agriculture Engineer, Michael Scobie to deliver the 2-day workshop, which focussed on irrigation energy use, irrigation system capacity and irrigation scheduling.

Michael Scobie showcased USQ’s new Scheduling Irrigation Diary mobile phone App. a tool enabling growers to better manage irrigation. The App integrates BOM evapotranspiration, rainfall and crop water requirements and is proving to be popular with growers.

After the workshop Pat Daley toured 10 farms to train growers individually on irrigation scheduling and the use of the new App. All this was part of the Efficient Farming Project delivered by Northern Gulf Resource Management Group (NGRMG), a not-for-profit community-based company with offices in Georgetown and Mareeba.

Trevor Parker from NGRMG said “The Efficient Farming Project is delivering real savings to growers through improved irrigation efficiency. This has both natural resource management and productivity outcomes which is a win-win for growers and our natural resources”.

This project is funded by Queensland Government Regional NRM Investment Program, the Federal Government’s Caring for Our Country Program, Irrigation Australia and the Rural Water Use Efficiency – Irrigation Futures Programs. The funding partners are committed to local professional development.

For more info contact Trevor Parker from Northern Gulf Resource Management Group on 4092 1088.