Considering turning your pastures into irrigated agricultural land?
The recently announced Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture (LTPIA) initiative will help develop irrigated agricultural projects in WA.
We’ve been working in the water projects industry for 40 years, and have the knowledge and experience to help you achieve more with water infrastructure in your business enterprise.
Our core offering includes consultation and design, product supply, manufacturing of custom systems, installation and maintenance of water projects, and we have the technical knowledge, experience and commitment to help you achieve better results.
If you are considering applying for an grant through the LTPIA initiative, we can help you with key components of your application:
- Water availability and requirements for water infrastructure
- Potential land or water contamination
- How to deal with any mining, petroleum or geothermal tenements affecting the land
- Infrastructure requirements such as power, sewer, drainage, road/access.
If you’re considering applying for an LTPIA grant, speak to us to make the process of completing your irrigated project proposal simple. In selecting Total Eden, you can be sure that the project, upon completion, will deliver improvements to your bottom line.
To express your interest, please fill out the form below.
The flow on effect of innovation in water management
Productivity and agriculture – two words which go hand in hand but are not always side by side. Improving productivity in agriculture is central to the Australian economy – of which the federal government has highlighted agriculture as a key pillar. Increased farm productivity means increased profitability for the industry; and competitiveness in domestic and international markets.
Water is integral to agriculture across the country, and where it is scare – traded as a commodity to facilitate farmers’ needs. The reality of climate change and the disruption of rainfall patterns associated with weather systems such El Niño and the possibility of la Niña, add to the uncertainty farmers face each season.
Australia is known for being a dry continent – but we are leading the world in the use of innovative techniques to monitor and control water levels, soil moisture and irrigate crops to achieve better outcomes for farmers.
Lack of telecommunications infrastructure and access in rural Australia is a common problem, however the devices being used for such applications are sensitive of such restrictions. General Manager of Total Eden’s services division, Bruce Scarterfield and his team have implemented such systems:
“It doesn’t matter what your access is like – solutions can be tailored to fit. These systems are intelligent and can be designed to operate with radio frequency, cloud/mobile access or satellite.
“Remote management of irrigation – bores, pumps and troughs is becoming a reality for many properties and it reduces their labour costs significantly” he added.
“People think that irrigation is just about pumps and pipelines but it is so much more. The sensors which we are installing measure the soil moisture uptake profile and this lets the farmer predict when to irrigate and exactly how much.”
With the ability to optimise the amount of water on crops outcomes for harvest improve dramatically.
“Better water management equals better crops – and so much can be done from the comfort of home, you don’t have to travel out to the field to get an accurate picture of the health of your plants” added Mr Scarterfield.
Although many farmers are starting to invest in agritech, and the government are encouraging innovation through the Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture (LTPIA) – there is still a perception that the cost of upgrading equipment is too capital-intensive.
“When a potential customer sees the cost to convert a single paddock is a few thousand, and they have 100 paddocks – you can see their enthusiasm fade pretty quickly.
However, there are many ways to get the advantages of the technology without outlaying a fortune.
“For example, rotating equipment through paddocks utilising a roving automated irrigation schedule eliminates the need to cover every inch of land with equipment.
Farmers can buy back lifestyle by adopting a few simple measures that maximise water use, saving labour, water and time.” Added Mr. Scarterfield.
For farmers looking to strike a balance between farm management, productivity and lifestyle, or large-scale corporate farming ventures seeking to lower the cost of doing business; the innovation movement taking place in water and irrigation offers the opportunity to realise this potential.
For more information, please visit pathwayforirrigatedagriculture.lands.wa.gov.au