A micro-simulation model of irrigation farms in the southern Murray-Darling Basin

ABARES Working Paper

Published 30 November 2018.

Authors: Huong Dinh, Manannan Donoghoe, Neal Hughes, Tim Goesch

This paper will be available until 30 May 2019.


This paper presents a new farm level microsimulation model of irrigation activity within the southern Murray-Darling Basin (sMDB), developed by ABARES on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The model remains under ongoing development, a number of planned improvements to the model are documented in the paper.

This report remains technical in nature and documents the model data sources and assumptions. The results presented in this paper are hypothetical and provided for the purposes of validating the models performance. The model has a range of potential future applications, such as assessing the effects on sMDB irrigation industries of: water policy reforms, changes to climate and input and output prices.

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