Distance ‘drowns out supply worries’

Bill McClumpha

Bill McClumpha

MANY Sunraysia irrigators believe it is the region’s geographical location that isolates them from the rest of the Victorian Farmers Federation.

VFF Sunraysia policy spokesman and Red Cliffs wine grape and dried vine fruit grower Bill McClum­pha said it was also hard to compete with Victoria’s dairy industry when it came to water issues.

“The issues when it comes to horticulture and the pump districts are submerged by the dairy industry, which doesn’t have to rely on high­-security water,” he said.

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