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(a) Excludes rice
(b) Cotton lint (irrigated and non-irrigated)
(c) Vegetables for human consumption only
(d) Value is calculated based on milk production from dairy cows in milk and dry
(e) Includes production of wool and eggs, and slaughtering and other disposals of sheep, lambs, pigs, poultry and other livestock n.e.c.
In 2014-15, the total Gross Value of Irrigated Agricultural Production (GVIAP) for Australia rose by 3 percent (or $509 million) over the previous year to $15.1 billion. The total Gross Value of Agricultural Production (GVAP) was $53.6 billion, an increase of 5 percent from the previous year.
Combined, these three commodity groups accounted for 56 percent of total GVIAP for the 2014-15 year.
Increases in the number of businesses irrigating their pastures for grazing during 2014-15, combined with strong demand for livestock products driving their prices higher resulted large increases in GVIAP for the livestock commodities. GVIAP for production from meat cattle and from sheep and other livestock both reported increases of nearly 50%, with the value of irrigated production now sitting at $1.1 billion for each commodity.
The GVIAP of most commodity groups increased with the most notable exception being cotton, where reduced water availability and unfavourable growing conditions saw the GVIAP decrease by 53 percent or $1 billion down to a GVIAP of $907 million.
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