The future of irrigation technologies and practices is here now.

Raine, Steven R. (2006) The future of irrigation technologies and practices is here now. In: Irrigation Australia 2006: Irrigation Association of Australia National Conference and Exhibition, 9-11 May 2006, Brisbane, Australia.


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Irrigation industry growth over the last 100 years has been principally based around
expanding irrigation areas and increasing the capture and use of water resources. However,
with the exception of potential new irrigation areas in northern Australia, future industry
growth will increasingly be based on the potential to improve volumetric efficiencies and agronomic water use productivity. While there has recently been significant national interest around investments in off-farm infrastructure, it is clear that there will also need to be
substantial investment in on-farm technologies and practices. This paper discusses the major
drivers for irrigation sector change and the areas of technology and practice investment which will be required for the irrigation industry to survive and prosper in the future.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:58
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: irrigation investment, irrigation infrastructure
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)

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