7106.0 - Australian Farming in Brief, 2010  
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Irrigation IRRIGATION

IRRIGATION ACTIVITY
2001
2006
2009

Agricultural businesses (no.)(a)
140 516
154 681
135 996
Agricultural businesses irrigating (no.)
39 863
44 826
39 940
Area of agricultural land ('000 ha)
455 723
434 925
409 029
Area irrigated ('000 ha)
2 603
2 546
1 761
Volume applied (ML)
na
10 737 364
6 500 577
Application rate (ML/ha)(b)
na
4.2
3.7

ha hectare
ML megalitres
na not available
no. number
(a) From 2005-06, the ABS moved to a new frame. See 'Explanatory Notes' for details.
(b) Averaged across all irrigated pastures and crops.

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