On-Farm Water Demand

Putting real-time water usage data into the hands of farmers for the greatest sustainable business and community returns.

Strategic Imperatives:

Produce the right thing
Leverage brand Australia
Improve access to finance
Build a digitally capable workforce

Project Meta:

Commenced:
Duration:
3 Years
Technologies:
Water Flow Sensors, Online Platform

In Partnership With:

Curtin University of Technology
Southern Forests Food Council
Swan Systems (Indicina Pty Ltd)

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On-Farm Water Demand

Putting real-time water usage data into the hands of farmers in Manjimup, WA, so they can manage water efficiently and for the greatest sustainable business and community returns.

THE CHALLENGE

Irrigation farmers have excellent data on water supply through forecasting and monitoring of local catchment flows. However, they do not have a clear picture of how much of this water each crop requires, or how water translates into economic, environmental, and social returns for farmers and the broader community.

THE SOLUTION

The project will provide reliable, independent data on water demand in the Warren-Donnelly catchment in south-west Western Australia. With 30 participating farms covering the avocado, apple, grape, stone fruit and truffle industries, it will be delivered in three stages:


1. Water Flow Sensors & Online Dashboard: real-time data from sensors will be made available to farmers via an online dashboard. At the end of the season, farmers will be able to see how their water use compares to other de-identified farms in the region.

2. Future Supply: the on-farm data will then be aggregated with other available data to calculate water demand across the catchment and compare it to forecast water supply.

3.Broader Benefits: Researchers from Curtin University will calculate how water translates into flow-on social, economic and environmental benefits for the region.


IMPACT

  • Helping regulators make better policy decisions to support industry, community, and the environment
  • Improved water-use and management practices
  • Empowering irrigation farmers to make confident long-term business decisions
  • Measuring and recognising the social, economic, and environmental contributions of local farming businesses


GET INVOLVED


Please contact us at projects@foodagility.com or Project Lead Julia Easton at Julia.easton@foodagility.com

Harvesting plums at Morning Glory Farms, one of 30 participating local businesses, in Manjimup, WA.
Irrigation at The Truffle & Wine Co, one of the 30 participating local businesses, in Manjimup, WA.

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