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Cummins power is behind an impressive irrigation system at a new almond orchard development in the NSW Riverina. The big money momentum fueling almond orchard expansion in Australia shows little sign of slowing. Australia is the second largest producer of almonds in the world, with 10 million plus irrigated almond trees in the Murray Darling Basin and a continuing dramatic increase in greenfield developments in Victoria, NSW and South Australia. Already Australian production exceeds 82,000 tonnes worth around $600 million a year, about 65 per cent of it exported.
Fuel-sipping Cummins is a big performer at leading merino stud. Cummins’ smallest diesel engine, the QSF2.8, is delivering big cost efficiencies for Paraway Pastoral Co at its iconic Pooginook property in the NSW Riverina region. One of Australia’s leading merino studs, Pooginook produces more than 1200 merino rams annually. The property comprises 19,656 hectares (48,570 acres) of native and irrigated grazing land and is one of 23 pastoral enterprises operated by Paraway in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
Cummins QSL9 engines are assisting in the successful yields at one of Australia’s largest olive groves. Treetops Plantation near Goolgowi in the fertile NSW Riverina region is one of the single largest table olive groves in Australia. In 2018, around three million kilograms have been harvested from the grove which has over 100,000 olive trees. Part of a boutique industry, Treetops Plantation is a ‘tree to table’ producer, claiming: “We grow and process our olives locally, naturally without chemicals and with full traceability.”