Energy Savers
Bundaberg

Bundaberg Horticulture

Proposed
12
Proposed Energy Savings
Industry
Horticulture (hydroponics and orchards)
Products
Tomatoes, figs and avocados
Location
Bundaberg
Irriagtion
Drip and micro irrigation
Pumps
Centrifugal
Solution
Filter and pipework modification

Farmer profile

The farm, located south of Bundaberg, comprises a number of greenhouses for hydroponic tomato production as well as orchards growing fig and avocado trees. Farm areas are served by pumping stations that are generally located adjacent to each lot.

The greenhouses and orchards are irrigated regularly all year round via micro sprinklers and drip irrigation. In consultation with the farmer, the audit investigation focused on one selected pump station only.

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Farmer feedback
The farm owner has not yet started implementation of the audit recommendation due to current farm expansion and planning associated with the construction of a new water storage dam. However, there are plans to implement the recommendation following construction of the dam, due for completion in mid-2017.