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Spotlight falls on damaged irrigation systems

Counting the cost…………..there could be a run on new parts for many flood-affected irrigation systems.FLOOD-affected irrigators are being urged to assess the damaged equipment to ensure they gain speedy access to replacement parts.

The Darling Downs regional chair of Irrigation Australia Ltd, David Wigginton, says, as the waters recede, any rush to renew submerged electrical and hydraulic components may place pressure on equipment suppliers.

“Right across Queensland there will be many irrigators with equipment that’s either been completely destroyed, or washed away, by fast-moving floodwater,” he said.

“Pumps on the edges of creeks and rivers may not have been pulled out in time and there may be damage to large irrigation machines, as well,” David Wigginton said.

The point being made by Irrigation Australia is that partially inundated crops may soon need to be irrigated, quickly becoming stressed if water in a farm’s storeage or supply system cannot be accessed.

“Potentially, in the supply sector, there could be quite a demand to replace damaged equipment over the next couple of months,” David Wigginton said.

“It’s going to be very important for growers to give their suppliers an indication of the type of equipment they might need to replace – even if they are not in a position to make an order, providing some idea of their potential needs will help ensure stocks are available.”

As the Queensland irrigation industry gets back on its feet, the talk already is of sourcing irrigation components from Western Australia.

David Wigginton says the flood impacts around Theodore and Emerald are “particularly bad,” also there has been “quite a lot of damage” across the Downs – especially along the Condamine – with Lockyer Valley irrigators certain to have been especially hard hit by the flash floods that ravaged the district.

Meanwhile, Irrigation Australia says its website may provide flood-affected irrigators with the latest government and industry support programmes.


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