Water storage key issue
Given that this region is most likely to have a drought and we know just how much that impacts the horticulture sector, we need to ensure we have reliable water sources.
A water storage project and irrigation scheme is an area that needs action to see the horticulture industry flourish. This will ensure it brings millions into the economy every year with high-value products, decent jobs and income.
The Makauri aquifer and freshwater plan needs the goalpost shifted as we face issues with water allocations, where we irrigate and how we prepare for future developments.
Let’s see central government funding for a feasibility study to investigate the benefits, and show how water storage and irrigation infrastructure projects can be a wise investment into the future.
Mary Liza Manuel