Irrigated farms in the Murray–Darling Basin

Industry overview

Irrigated agriculture in the Murray–Darling Basin makes an important contribution to the Australian economy and regional economies. In 2014–15 the Basin accounted for 66 per cent of Australia’s total area irrigated and 40 per cent of the nation’s irrigating agricultural businesses. These businesses undertake a variety of irrigated farm enterprises, including vegetable crops, tree and vine crops, pastures for grazing, hay, rice, cotton, cereals and oilseed crops.

ABARES has conducted surveys of irrigation farms in selected industries and regions in the Murray–Darling Basin since 2006–07. The Murray–Darling Basin Irrigation Survey includes cotton, rice, dairy and horticulture farms in 10 regions of the basin. The most recent survey was funded by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and the Murray–Darling Basin Authority.

Reporting regions, Murray–Darling Basin

Map based on CSIRO Murray–Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project regions. The Murray–Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project comprised 18 contiguous regions that covered the entire Murray–Darling Basin. These regions are primarily the drainage basins of the Murray and Darling rivers—Australia’s longest inland rivers—and their tributaries.
Source: ABARES

Last reviewed: 4 February 2020
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