Sunraysia to take 15% hit

SUNRAYSIA would lose 15 per cent of its horticultural production if the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is fully implemented, according to a report commissioned by a group of agriculture industry figures and politicians in the Goulburn Valley.

The report, released on Monday, said the 15 per cent loss in horticultural production would also apply to South Australia – but no further analysis was provided of the plan’s suggested impact in either the Sunraysia district or SA.

That figure came under a scenario where 750 gigalitres of water was removed from consumptive production, which will only take place under the Basin Plan if efforts to recover 650GL from the plan’s target through infrastructure upgrades fail and an additional 450GL is recovered through efficiency measures.

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