Plains food bowl to be boosted

The Adelaide Plains region is poised to become the ‘epi-centre of the food bowl’ following last week’s announcement of federal funding for the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS) to the tune of $46 million.

This comes on the back of a state government contribution of $110 million, which was announced earlier this year.

It is estimated the NAIS project has the potential to create upwards of 3,700 jobs, attract $1.1 billion in private investment, add $578 million to the state’s economy and result in over 300 hectares of new export-focused, high-tech horticulture production in the Adelaide Plains region.

The project will see recycled water pumped from the Bolivar sewerage treatment works to the northern plains area for use in irrigated agriculture and horticulture.

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