Water allocations have risen to 74%, giving local irrigators some reassurance.
While the moves have been welcomed, local wine grape grower’s co-op CCW said that pressure still remains on local grape growers from other competing permanent crops such as almonds and citrus, which currently possess a much higher return on investment per megalitre of water.
The co-op also said they are hopeful that grape prices this year increase in order to assist growers to stay in the wine grape producing business.
The latest information provided by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority shows an improvement to South Australia’s water resource availability by 40 gigalitres under a very dry scenario.
Currently the basin is sitting on 45% of capacity and is slowly increasing.
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