7106.0 - Australian Farming in Brief, 2012  
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Image: Irrigator IRRIGATION


IRRIGATION ACTIVITY

2001
2006
2011

Agricultural businesses (no.)(a)(b)
140 516
154 681
135 654
Agricultural businesses irrigating (no.)
39 863
44 826
38 752
Area of agricultural land ('000 ha)
455 723
434 925
409 673
Area irrigated ('000 ha)
2 603
2 546
1 963
Volume applied (ML)
na
10 737 364
6 645 375
Application rate (ML/ha)(c)
na
4.2
3.4

(a) From 2005-06, ABS moved to a new frame.
(b) Refers to the total number of businesses that operated during the financial year.
(c) Averaged across all irrigated pastures and crops.


Sources:
Water Use on Australian Farms, Australia (cat. no. 4618.0)
Agricultural Commodities, Australia (cat. no. 7121.0)