Australian Bureau of Statistics
1318.3 - Qld Stats, Sep 2009
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/09/2009
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WATER USE ON QUEENSLAND FARMS, 2007-08
AGRICULTURAL WATER USE
In 2007-08, Queensland's 29,121 agricultural businesses used 2,039 gigalitres of water for agricultural production. This represents 29% of the national agricultural water use.
Of this total 2,039 gigalitres, 90% (1,843 gigalitres) was used for the irrigation of pastures and crops and 10% (196 gigalitres) was used for other agricultural purposes such as stock watering and the cleaning of dairies and piggeries. Volumes of irrigation water for crops and pastures increased by 0.1% from 2006–07, and volumes of water used for other agricultural purposes declined by 19%.
IRRIGATION WATER USE
In Queensland, 31% of agricultural businesses reported using water for irrigation in 2007-08, an increase from the 29% reporting use of water for irrigation in 2006-07. A total of 512,774 hectares was irrigated in 2007-08, a 12% increase from that irrigated in 2006-07. The average application rate reduced from 4.0 megalitres per hectare (ML/ha) in 2006-07 to 3.6 ML/ha in 2007-08. After Western Australia (4.5 ML/ha) and South Australia (3.9 ML/ha), Queensland had the third highest application rate of irrigation water.
Whilst reporting a downturn in area under crop, sugar cane producers continued to be the largest irrigator in Queensland, using 45% of the state's irrigation water at an application rate of 4.5ML/ha in 2007-08. Less than half (48%) of Queensland sugar cane producers used water for irrigation purposes.
Queensland saw a large increase in water use for irrigation of other cereals for grain or seed with 327 gigalitres used in 2007-08.
Of the 168 agricultural businesses engaged in the production of cotton, 83% reported using water for irrigation. In 2007-08 cotton used 105 gigalitres, a decrease of 46% from the 194 gigalitres used in irrigation in 2006-07. Cotton (4.9 ML/ha) had the highest application rate of pastures and crops irrigated in Queensland.
Water Use on Australian Farms, 2007-08 (cat.no. 4618.0)
Water Use on Queensland Farms, 2006-07
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