Northern Adelaide Plains Agribusiness Initiative
Agriculture, food and beverage
- Make an additional 20 gigalitres (GL) of recycled water available through the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme
- Develop opportunities to implement best-practice irrigation technology and improved management techniques for irrigated agricultural enterprises through the Optimisation and Production Efficiency Project
- Create capacity along the supply chain to ensure increases in the volume of fresh produce grown on the Northern Adelaide Plains can be processed, packaged, stored and transported to global markets.
The Northern Adelaide Plains Agribusiness Initiative will develop critical water infrastructure and improve market development to expand the region’s booming agribusiness and food sectors to drive employment and economic activity.
The Northern Adelaide Plains is one of Australia’s premier intensive food production areas, supplying fresh produce for the domestic and international markets and contributing approximately $250 million per annum to the South Australian economy. The region includes nearly half of the state’s total vegetable industry employees.
The Northern Adelaide Plains (NAP) Agribusiness Initiative, coordinated by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), currently includes three key projects:
- Led by SA Water, the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS) aims to increase the availability of fit-for-purpose water through the augmentation of the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant, increased storage capacity and the establishment of an irrigation distribution network. An additional 20 GL of recycled water will be made available and will underpin the extension of the irrigation area. Producers currently have access to around 37 GL of available water, which includes approximately 19 GL of recycled water and 18 GL of ground water
- Led by PIRSA, the Optimisation and Production Efficiency project will aim to enhance the existing horticulture industry through implementing best practice irrigation technology and improved management techniques
- The Market Access and Development project will seek to increase the market accessibility for South Australian food and beverage producers in global markets. This will underpin the potential production increases that can be achieved through the other two projects.
In preparation for investment PIRSA has established the governance arrangements for the NAP Agribusiness Initiative and commenced planning with SA Water. An expression of interest has been released by SA Water to determine industry demand for the 20 GL of recycled water that will be made available and to seek a private partner to develop and manage the required infrastructure.
A submission has been made by the State Government to Infrastructure Australia to include the NAIS project on Infrastructure Australia’s Priority List.
The potential of the NAIS has also been recognised in the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper and will be presented for feasibility funding consideration by the Australian Government.
Estimated project value
$500 million – $1 billion
Primary Industries and Regions SA
Mr Daniel Casement
Executive Director Rural Solutions
Phone 8429 0352
Web Northern Adelaide Plains Agribusiness Initiative