Rice

There’s a hole in our bucket

23 October 2018

Deniliquin Pastoral Times
23 October 2018

A severely low rice crop is expected to be grown in the Riverina region this year, and Ricegrowers Association of Australia chairman Jeremy Morton said the blame is squarely on the shoulders of water policy decision makers.

Mr Morton, who is a rice farmer at Moulamein, said the ‘‘hole’’ in NSW’s bucket of water for irrigation is due to the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement.

He said it is inconceivable and unacceptable that its current water sharing framework has resulted in the share of water in the Murray system being reduced by 40,000 megalitres.

He said this must be recognised and acknowledged by the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council (MinCo) in order for a conversation to start about how the water resources could be shared more equitably.

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