Saturday, December 24, 2011

Farming and Best Practices in Australia

Australia is second to Antarctica in terms of scarcity of water. Despite this condition, farming has always held a significant position in the economy and culture of Australia. Many Australians are directly or indirectly involved in farming.

Since the 1800s, the dry climate and infertile soil of Australia presented serious difficulties to farmers who settled in the country. Water availability and drought management were, and still are, key challenges for farmers throughout most of Australia.

Up to now, agriculture is an important sector for the Australian economy, generating up to $43 billion in gross value each year. The industry employs around 370,000 people across Australia. Although agriculture is not as extensive as at its peak in the mid 1970s, farms still take up around sixty per cent of all the land in the country. One state in Australia which regards farming as the most important industry in its history since settlement took place in the state is the island of Tasmania. But in order to sustain the industry given the existing water conditions in places like Tasmania, improved water use through efficient irrigation systems often play a key-role in helping farmers cope with the water scarcity stress.

With advances in technology, farming practices have been elevated to a different level. Although a traditional enterprise, the industry has evolved to cope with changing times. Part of this evolution is the employment of highly modern and improved irrigation systems and irrigation equipment to contribute to sustainable farming in the country. Irrigation is a very important factor in making farming viable in states like Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

Australian farmers nowadays look for high quality and heavy duty pumps sets, hard hoses, irrigators, pivots, travelling irrigators and other irrigation equipment that will meet industry standards. Meeting industry standards are becoming increasingly important in order to address the challenges of increased productivity, resource management and environmental issues in our ever changing world. Industry standards connote performance standards for equipment while technical codes for practice involve methods such as engineering, installation, design and operation being done in a prescribed way.

A highly accepted irrigation method that has met industry standards in all farming communities in Australia and the rest of the world is the centre pivot and lateral move irrigation systems. Center pivot and lateral move irrigation systems are composed of self-propelled structures equipped with sprinkler irrigation and control elements which make it possible to irrigate large surfaces with low installation and maintenance costs. Agricultural communities like Tasmania, South Australia and other farming areas are prevalently using these systems. Likewise, combined technologies in Agriculture employing irrigation systems with pivot and with lateral move are also widely used.

The adoption of new technologies remains vital for farmers not just in Australia but all over the world to continue to operate sustainably and profitably. The advocacy of advancing sustainable farming practices will likewise benefit not just the agricultural industry but everyone in general to enhance the quality of food and promote eco-friendly usage of air, water and soil.

Van Diemen's Land Irrigation Pty. Ltd.
Address: 228 Charles Street
Launceston TAS 7250
Phone: 0363345600
Mobile nos.: 0408131692 (Sales Manager)
Fax no.: 0363345880

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