Irrigation typically provides more than 90% of Australia’s fruit, nuts and grapes; more than 76% of vegetables; 100% of rice and more than 50% of dairy and sugar. 

The Gross Value of Irrigated Agricultural Production (GVIAP) is $18.9 billion in Australia, and $4.4 billion in NSW (2020-21). 

Irrigation occupies a very small portion of Australia – 5% of tilled agricultural lands – but produces 30% of all agricultural production. 

Our irrigation sector has a critical role in:

Responding to growing demand for food and fibre, both in Australia and overseas, with the world population forecast to exceed 9 billion by 2050. 

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Setting the standard as global leaders in sustainable and water efficient agricultural production, and continuing to advance through research and development.  

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Making vital contributions to national, state and regional economies, providing the economic backbone for many regional communities.  

3. Cotton plant - Cotton Australia

Contributing to all of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as Goal 2 (zero hunger), Goal 6 (clean water and sanitation), Goal 8 (decent work and economic growth), Goal 12 (responsible consumption and production), and Goal 13 (climate action). 

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Supporting Australia to meet its obligations on carbon emissions reduction.