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Irrigation Scheme on Track for 2011 Roll-Out

20 August 2010

AUSTRALIA – Western Australia's regional development minister has said that stage two of the state's Ord River irrigation programme is on target to be rolled out in 2011.

According to ABC, Brendon Grylls revealed that the project had produced its first rice crops using some of the world's most water-efficient methods.

Mr Grylls told the news provider that he believed the successful trials would attract commercial interest from countries all over the globe.

"I think in looking at rice production across the world we know that the water resource is a challenge everywhere, that if we can be the pioneers of the most water efficient rice production I think it stands us in good stead for a major expansion of rice growing in East Kimberley," he said.

The minister went on to say that he was confident the scheme would draw in enough potential investors to underpin its second expansion next year.

Rice growing was abandoned in the Ord Valley of East Kimberley 27 years ago, mainly due to the repeated crop damage caused by geese native to the area.

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