Water

NVIC criticise VFF’s leadership

By Rodney Woods

The VFF has launched a 10-point plan to help restore the balance between irrigated agriculture and the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin.

VFF Water Council chair Richard Anderson said the new 10-point plan provided solutions to major problems with the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

“Current laws mean the basin plan and government cannot respond to what we have learned since its inception,” Mr Anderson said.

“We have been left with a complex and rigid legal instrument that no politician is game to touch.”

VFF president David Jochinke said the basin plan was hurting farmers across basin communities.

“As our farming communities endure another year of drought it is clear the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is failing to respond to the needs of irrigated agriculture and the environment,” he said.

“Now is the time for all farmers to work together in fixing the basin plan to restore the balance between water for our farms, our communities and our environment.”

In response, the Northern Victorian Irrigation Communities questioned the VFF's leadership.

Amazing they released that yesterday (December 2),” NVIC posted on Twitter.

"Has any reporter asked where their ‘leadership’ has been for the last few yrs (years) on this? #cantheplan."

To see the VFF's 10-point plan, visit: www.vff.org.au/vff/Media_Centre/Media2019/Our_plan_to_fix_the_Murray_Darling_Basin.aspx