Doppler radar investment

Page last updated: Thursday, 3 May 2018 - 9:41am

The State Government has invested $23 million in Doppler radar technology to help transform the way Western Australian farmers do business.

Managed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and supported by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), this investment will provide much-needed radar coverage with more precise weather information for farm businesses and rural communities across the agricultural regions.

Background

Technology is more important than ever in ensuring our state’s agricultural sector remains internationally competitive, because of both widespread technology adoption in competitor markets such as the United States and cheap labour availability in regions such as South America.

In addition to technology, weather is seen as the most important factor contributing to the success of our agricultural farm businesses. With greater seasonal variability the importance of weather to agricultural production is increasing.

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