4618.0 - Water Use on Australian Farms, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
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Image: Water pipes IRRIGATION ACTIVITY BY COMMODITY

  • In 2010-11, the largest area of irrigated land in Australia was pasture for grazing, which accounted for 538,000 hectares, or 27% of the total area irrigated.
  • The largest volume of irrigation water was applied to cotton, which used 1,882 gigalitres, or 28% of the national irrigation total for the year (6,645 gigalitres).
  • In the Murray-Darling Basin, cotton accounted for the largest area of irrigated land, with 332,000 hectares, or 28% of the total irrigated land in the Murray-Darling Basin.
  • Cotton also used the largest volume of irrigation water in the Murray-Darling Basin, with 1,789 gigalitres being applied, which represented nearly 40% of all irrigation water used in 2010-11.
  • The commodity with the highest irrigation application rate in 2010-11 was rice, which used 10.1ML/ha in the Murray- Darling Basin and nationally.

Graph Image for Irrigation Activity by Commodity

Annotation(s): MDB=Murray-Darling Basin

Source(s): Water Use on Australian Farms (cat. no. 4618.0)