We need them everyday, sandwiches, tomato sauce, our favourite pastas.
“A well managed tomato crop in northern Victoria or southern NSW requires about 6 mega litres (ML) of irrigation water per hectare (Ha), produces about 100Mt of tomatoes per Ha, with a farm-gate value of A$100/Mt. This is world’s best practice.”
If the 1956.2 GL of water which has been removed from productive use for environmental flows, was still in production it could produce – 32,60,333 tons of tomatoes, which is $3,260,333,333. These tomatoes could be used to make 14,671,500 tins of Rosella condensed Tomato Soup. And if the tins were lined up next to each other they would form a line 1085km long or from Melbourne to Newcastle.