TWO local irrigation figures have warned Riverland growers to be wary of purchasing extra water, after Monday’s opening allocation announcement saw a spike in market prices.
RIVERLAND irrigators have welcomed the increased River Murray water allocation, which has risen from 36 per cent to 52 per cent, however some are still concerned about the lack of State Government “transparency”.
THE 36 per cent opening water allocation has caused “utter shock, horror and outrage” among Riverland irrigators, including suggestions grape growers may be forced to consider selling their blocks and retiring from the industry.
A RIVERLAND irrigation trust chief executive has labelled the state’s electricity system as “broken”, saying a spike in power prices is negatively impacting businesses in the region.
THE announcement that South Australian farmers could receive as little as 36 per cent of their water allocation has come as a “surprise” to a number of Riverland irrigators.
TOUGH conditions for Riverland wine grape and citrus growers has resulted in some irrigation bills going unpaid for up to six months, leaving the Renmark Irrigation Trust (RIT) to chase after the money.