Rural water and irrigation
The Victorian Government is committed to a prosperous and resilient agricultural sector. The global demand for food and fibre is rising steadily, and Victoria is perfectly positioned to respond to this challenge for the future.
Successful irrigated 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 $3.7 billion or 28 per cent of the total gross value of irrigated agricultural production (GVIAP) in 2012-13 (ABS 2014).
Victoria has a framework for a secure future for irrigated production through irrigation modernisation, on-farm efficiency, and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Initiatives in irrigation will contribute to the state economy and strengthen regional Victoria through job opportunities and growth.