|Book Group Author:||NA|
With global climate models indicating a further 20% decline in rainfall across southeastern Australia by 2030, irrigated agriculture, particularly in the southern Murray-Darling Basin, is suddenly facing an uncertain future. Water authorities imposed water restrictions on irrigated dairy farms, vineyards and orchards, and on Murray cities and towns that had hardly experienced few more serious shortages in over a century. But despite the continuing drought and concerns of irrigators, it is predicted that production from agriculture will increase in value in years to come - climate change or not. The shift from further development in problem areas and moving back to rivers should be encouraged so that high saline groundwater discharges do not exacerbate water salinity. With the adoption of new technology to monitor water use and water quality, Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area irrigators have since become highly efficient.
|Pages:||10 - 13|
|Journal:||Ecos - CSIRO|
agricultural production, climatic change, dairy farming,discharge, drought, global warming, innovation adoption, innovations,irrigation, irrigation equipment, irrigation systems, monitoring,orchards, rain, salinity, sensors, soil water, technology, vineyards,water quality, water use efficiency, Australia, New South Wales, SouthAustralia, Victoria, Australasia, Oceania, Developed Countries,Commonwealth of Nations, OECD Countries, Australia, adoption ofinnovations, climate change, rainfall, soil moisture, surveillancesystems, water composition and quality, watering, Horticultural Crops(FF003) (New March 2000), Plant Production (FF100), Soil WaterManagement (Irrigation and Drainage) (JJ800) (Revised June 2002)[formerly Soil Water Management], Water Resources (PP200), Agriculturaland Forestry Equipment (General) (NN400), Soil Physics (JJ300)