This year’s the conference will explore the theme of ‘Tackling water scarcity in agriculture’ by delving into agricultural water management and innovative irrigation technologies. The event provides an important opportunity to showcase peer-reviewed research contributions from the irrigation, drainage, and flood management community, all aligned with their commitment to advancing sustainable water management practices in agriculture.
Presenting his paper, Mani will share valuable insights into how to improve water delivery and efficiency, drawing on successful implementation examples from the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) in regional New South Wales, Australia. The MIA forms part of the Murray-Darling Basin and is a highly fruitful area for the region. It was first created with the aim of ensuring water resilience for inland Australia and as such covers over 350, 000 hectares across towns including Griffith and Leeton, with 190,000 hectares irrigated, supplying water to farms, industry and towns.
Current improvements to the MIA have been important to increase regional productivity and to offset reduced water availability, to help battle against climate trends approaching hotter and drier weather.