In 2011-12, the total volume of water applied for irrigation in Australia was 8.2 million megalitres (ML). The three commodities using the highest irrigation volume were cotton, which used 2.1 million ML, pasture for livestock grazing using 1.6 million ML and rice, using 1.1 million ML for irrigation.
In the Murray Darling Basin (MDB) region, the total volume of irrigation water applied in 2011-12 was 5.9 million ML, which was 72% of the total volume of irrigation water applied in Australia. The commodities with the highest volume of irrigated water applied in the MDB were cotton with 1.9 million ML, rice with 1.1 million ML and pasture for livestock grazing with 1.0 million ML.
In 2011-12, cotton was the commodity using the largest volume of irrigation water in both New South Wales (1.3 million ML) and Queensland (781,000 ML). The commodity group, pasture for livestock grazing, was the biggest user of irrigation water in Victoria (934,000 ML), South Australia (163,000 ML), Tasmania (91,700 ML) and Western Australia (61,800 ML).
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