Federal water minister Keith Pitt has invited irrigators and members of the public to have their say on the government's Water for Fodder drought initiative as part of their scheduled review of the program.
- Only 19pc of applicants to receive Water for Fodder
- Water For Fodder first round all delivered by end of March
- Private irrigation district will struggle to deliver Water for Fodder
A statement from Minister Pitt said in addition to feedback already received, the review includes an online survey for irrigators and members of the public.
The statement confirmed that the department will also hold targeted consultations with key stakeholder groups, such as irrigation networks.
The Water for Fodder program is the result of a deal made between the federal and South Australian governments, to provide southern basin irrigators with 100GL of cheap water to grow fodder.
The program, designed under previous water minister David Littleproud, was split into two rounds, with 40GL delivered this water year and 60GL to be delivered next water year.
In the first round of the program irrigators were able to apply for 50ML parcels of water, priced at $100/ML.
There were more than 4000 applications received with 800 successful applicants drawn from a ballot program.
Minister Pitt confirmed that more than 90 per cent of successful applicants have now had their water delivered, with the remaining water to be delivered by the end of March.
The survey on round one of the Water for Fodder program is available at https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/.
It will close on Thursday, April 9.