7106.0 - Australian Farming in Brief, 2009  
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Irrigation IRRIGATION

IRRIGATION ACTIVITY
2001
2006
2008

Agricultural businesses (no.)(a)
140 516
154 472
140 704
Agricultural businesses irrigating (no.)
39 863
44 826
39 637
Area of agricultural land ('000 ha)
455 723
434 925
417 288
Area irrigated ('000 ha)
2 603
2 546
1 851
Volume applied (ML)
na
10 737 364
6 284 799
Application rate (ML/ha)(b)
na
4.2
3.4

ha hectare
ML megalitres
(a) From 2005-06, the ABS moved to a new frame. See 'Explanatory Notes' for more detail.
(b) Averaged across all irrigated pastures and crops.

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