Rural water and irrigation
The Victorian Government is committed to a prosperous and resilient agricultural sector. In May 2012 the Government announced its $61.4 million plan to double Victoria's food and fibre production by 2030. The global demand for food and fibre is rising steadily, and Victoria is perfectly positioned to respond to this challenge for the future.
Successful agriculture is reliant in many respects to farmers having access to reliable and secure water resources.
Irrigated agriculture represents about 38 per cent of Victoria's agricultural output, produced on less than three per cent of the State's land area, and using 1646 gigalitres in 2011-12 (ABS 2013).
Produce from Victoria's irrigation contributed around $3.881 billion or 30 per cent of Australia's total gross value of irrigated agricultural production (GVIAP) in 2010-11 (ABS 2011).
Victoria has provided the framework for a secure future for irrigated production through its support for irrigation modernisation, on-farm efficiency programs, and the positive outcome achieved for Victoria's irrigators through our contribution to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
To coordinate government support, in April 2013 the Government created the new Department of Environment and Primary Industries, bringing land and water management of the Department of Sustainability and Environment, together with the Department of Primary Industries, to help boost productivity of the food and fibre sector, and improve service delivery in regional areas.
These changes, coupled with policies that promote flexibility and individual choice, enable farmers to make decisions that best suit their businesses.