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The Water Irrigation Innovation Grants program will address water challenges through innovation and technology.

​Investment will drive clever irrigated agriculture projects in WA.

Water Minister Mia Davies has announced a $20 million Water Irrigation Innovation Grants program to address water challenges through innovation and technology.

The program is part of the Royalties for Regions Water for Food program and will enable funding of up to $5 million a year to encourage new investment and support local industry development in regional, remote and rural areas.

"While innovation in irrigated agriculture has been happening globally for many years, Western Australia has been slower to embrace new technologies.  Israel's productivity is twice the value of WA using one per cent of the land and five per cent of the water,” said Mia Davies.

Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said the program would de-risk projects through better water knowledge, leading to increased investment in both small and large-scale irrigated agriculture.

"Funding will be considered for regional projects such as closed system technologies for horticultural enterprises, the development of feasibility and market studies, demonstration and infrastructure projects," Mr Lewis said.

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