4620.0 - Natural Resource Management on Australian Farms, 2006-07 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/06/2008
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Weed management a $1.5 billion problem for Australian Farmers: ABS
The management of weeds was the major Natural Resource Management activity for Australian farmers, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
During the 2006-07 financial year, farmers spent $1,574 million controlling weeds, which is more than pests ($768 million) and land and soil problems ($649 million) combined.
The total cost of managing these problems was $2,991 million, or an average of $21,094 per business.
Nationally, nearly two thirds of farmers reported that they had improved their natural resource management practices. Of these, 89% reported doing so to increase productivity, 88% for farm sustainability, and 75% to improve environmental protection.
Other findings include:
These findings are based on the second Natural Resource Management survey conducted by the ABS.
More details are available in Natural Resource Management on Australian Farms 2006-07(cat. no. 4620.0).
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