As peak irrigation season wraps up, irrigators are encouraged to take part in a pilot program

John Rapisarda completed a project and has been happy with its outcomes.
John Rapisarda completed a project and has been happy with its outcomes.

Irrigators are encouraged to consider taking part in in the pilot of the Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency (COFFIE) Program.

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling  Basin (SAMDB) project manager Michael Cutting said the design of the pilot project enabled applications to be turned around quickly.

“There are no funding rounds which means each application is considered on its own merits and directly against the program eligibility criteria,” he said. 

“...We have an expectation of it being assessed in a very timely manner.”

“We would anticipate that applications which meet the eligibility requirements that are submitted in the coming months can be assessed and approved projects will be implemented prior to the next irrigation season.” 

For applications to meet eligibility requirements an irrigation efficiency component must be included, additional farm productivity improvements can also be incorporated into a project proposal.