7101.0 - Ag Mag - The Agriculture Newsletter, Dec 2012
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/12/2012
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Of Australia's 2.1 million active or trading businesses (source: Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2007 to Jun 2011, cat. no. 8165.0), 135,000 (or 6%) of these recorded agricultural activity at 30 June 2011.
Farming businesses accounted for 53% of land use in Australia, with agricultural activity being undertaken on 410 million hectares of Australia's total land mass of 769 million hectares.
In 2010-11 Australia consumed 13,000 gigalitres of water (source: Water Account, Australia, 2010-11, cat. no. 4610.0) with farming businesses using 57% (or 7,600 gigalitres) of this.
COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS AGRICULTURAL CENSUS IN 2006......
There were 19,000 fewer farm businesses in 2010-11 than in 2005-06, a fall of 12% from the estimated 154,000 businesses with agricultural activity at 30 June 2006.
The area of farm holdings fell by 25 million hectares, or 6%, from 435 million hectares at 30 June 2006.
COMPARED TO 2005......
In the year of the last agricultural census, 2005-06, total national water use data was not recorded. In 2004-05 however, Australia consumed 18,000 gigalitres of water (source: Water Account, Australia, 2004-05, cat. no. 4610.0) and farms used 65% (or 12,200 gigalitres) of this.
Agricultural water use in 2010-11 was 38% less than in 2004-05.
FARM BUSINESSES IN 2011
HOW MANY IN 2011?
OR IN OTHER WORDS......
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