Water for Food
The Water for Food initiative is a $40 million Royalties for Regions funded state government program providing a boost to regional Western Australian communities through the development and diversification of the agriculture and food sectors.
This innovative plan is directing state investment into crucial areas of agriculture, including market development, science, infrastructure and water investigations. It will create the potential for new irrigation precincts and the expansion of agricultural and pastoral opportunities in existing districts across the state.
The primary objective of Water for Food is to identify water and land resources, as well as irrigation technologies, that can enable Western Australia's fresh food and animal protein production to increase its contribution to regional economies by at least 50 per cent by 2025 and twofold by 2050.
The Water for Food program extends from the Kimberley Region to the Great Southern and is at the core of Western Australia's strategic approach to increasing productivity in agriculture, while building export supply chains and encouraging capital investment in regional industries.
The program will support public and private sector investment decisions for new, large-scale irrigated agriculture precincts and the expansion of existing areas by identifying where water is available, along with its quality and quantity.