Water and Our Food

A reliable supply of quality
water is critical to producing vegetables for our dinner tables.

While vegetables can sometimes be grown with natural rainfall,
irrigation is essential for high quality summer crops.

Horticulture Australia Limited invests R&D levy
funds from several industries to provide
a consistent approach to
improving water-use efficiency in Horticultural Industries.

Crop IrrigationThe goal of the Horticulture Water Initiative is:

‘Ensuring access to water for responsible and profitable use’

The Initiative has five broad objectives that have been adopted to achieve this goal :

  1. Empower industry
  2. Partnerships
  3. Innovation and adoption
  4. Informing policy
  5. Positioning

Part of this program communicates
the development and use of recycled
water in horticulture.

Recycled Water has been treated
to a level ‘fit for purpose’ from a health and environmental

The National Program for Sustainable Irrigation specialises in irrigation innovation, research and knowledge management.

This program generates knowledge to assist irrigators improve sustainability.


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