Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2005
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/01/2005
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The high variability in river flow and annual rainfall, which are features of the Australian environment, means that successful ongoing production of many crops and pastures is dependent on irrigation. With such variation in rainfall, it is uncommon for farmers to receive all of their irrigation water entitlement each year. In 2001-02 farmers were allocated, on average, 85% of their irrigation water entitlement.
Agriculture accounted for approximately 67% of water consumption in Australia in 2000-01. More information on the use of water by the agriculture sector is provided in Chapter 24 Environment.
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