Farm Table says:
What is the problem?
The economic viability of potential irrigated agriculture development in the Flinders and Gilbert Catchments was considered at a range of scales.
What did the research involve?
This report presents a set of analyses which presents:
- costs and benefits of incorporating irrigated fodder crops into existing beef production systems
- costs and benefits of developing land for irrigated cropping, at both scheme scale and farm scale
- regional and national benefits of investment in irrigated agriculture, taking into account not just irrigated agriculture per se, but the associated economic activity that accompanies such development (e.g. construction activity and processing industries)
- a review of the numerous legislation and regulations pertaining to land management and potential irrigation development
- supply chain analyses to estimate transport costs savings that could be achieved if new processing facilities (abattoir, cotton gin, sugar mill) were built locally to service new irrigated agriculture
What were the key findings?
This report is structured as follows:
- Chapter 1: this chapter provides a brief overview of the report. Detailed background material about the biophysical and human features of the catchments is not provided here. Rather, readers are advised to consult the Assessment’s catchment reports and the other technical reports of interest for detailed contextual information
- Chapter 2: this chapter present financial analyses related to cropping developments at both farm-scale and scheme-scale
- Chapter 3: this chapter presents a bio-economic analysis of incorporating irrigated fodder production into existing beef enterprises
- Chapter 4: this chapter identifies the legislative and regulatory factors to consider in relation to irrigation development
- Chapter 5: this chapter presents an analysis of the regional and national-scale economic impacts from potential large-scale irrigation development
- Chapter 6: this chapter presents supply chain analyses that identify potential transport costs savings from three hypothetical processing facilities: i) construction of an abattoir at Cloncurry; ii) construction of a sugar mill at Georgetown and a sugar mill at a site closer to where the sugar may be grown if serviced by the Dagworth Dam, and; iii) construction of a cotton gin at Charter Towers
The Assessment does not recommend one development over another. It provides the reader with a range of possibilities and the information to interpret them, consistent with the reader’s values and their aspirations for themselves and the region.Read ArticleSave For Later
About the Organisation:Name: Krysteen
Krysteen is a partner in a mixed family farming operation at Padthaway in the south east of SA, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and recently completed the Australian Rural Leadership Programme.
Krysteen held the role of CEO for the MacKillop Farm Management Group (MFMG) which is a grower driven group that delivers research, development and extension for the agricultural industry in the south east of SA for almost 10 years. She is now working for the Australian Fertiliser Services Association as their Executive Officer.
On the home front, Krysteen and her husband Bradley are the parents of three daughters and two adorable grand daughters.
The combination of these roles and experiences has given Krysteen a great deal of understanding of, and experience in, project management, leadership, capacity building, governance, facilitation and the skills to deliver on the identified strategic direction for industry groups and the agricultural industry.