4618.0 - Water Use on Australian Farms, 2006-07
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Irrigation water use down by over one-quarter
In 2006-07, irrigation water use decreased by 29% from the previous year to 7,636 gigalitres, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The largest decline in irrigation water use was for rice, with volumes down more than 81%, followed by cotton (50%) and pasture for grazing (30%).
The major use of irrigation water in 2006-07 was pasture for dairy cattle, which accounted for 15% (1,163 gigalitres) of all irrigation water use.
With a decline of over 42% since 2005/06, New South Wales reported the largest decrease in water for irrigation.
Water use for irrigation in Tasmania increased by 29%, and by 8% in South Australia, most of this increase being for pasture for grazing.
Other findings include:
More details are available in Water use on Australian Farms 2006-07 (cat. no. 4618.0), available for free download from the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>.
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