Funds announced for River Murray sustainability research

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A research funded under Round One of the South Australian $265 million River Murray Sustainability Programme’s Industry-led Research Sub-Programme (IRSP) will be focusing on adaptation of established and new crops to extreme temperatures.

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Image credit: flickr user: Baz Richardson

According to the joint media statement issued by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, and South Australian Minister for Regional Development, Geoff Brock, the Australian Government will provide $5 million in funding over four years to the South Australian Government to deliver the IRSP.

“The IRSP will improve regional productivity and innovation by commissioning industry-led applied research in priority research areas. Round One is offering $1.8 million of the $5 million, with a focus on ensuring River Murray agricultural communities can adapt to climate variations, including extreme temperatures,” Mr Truss said.

“This programme has been designed to benefit industry in the long term and help river communities adapt to a future where more water is being provided to the environment.”

Minister Brock said the University of Adelaide will be one of the Round One funding recipients.

“The University is leading the way in preparing River Murray communities to improve irrigation efficiency and reduce drainage volumes, water quality impacts and land salinity,” Mr Brock said.

“After the devastating impacts on infrastructure and regional communities as a result of the drought from 2007 to 2010, this research will help the Lower Murray region be more resilient to future droughts and to build strong economic outcomes.”

Other projects to be funded in Round One include research to prepare the $104 million South Australian almond industry for changes in climate and to avoid salt stress during critical growth stages; a regional assessment of climate and water risks for irrigated industries; and sustained performance of rootstock in Lower Murray horticulture.