With global food demand booming, agriculture is recognised as a future growth industry world-wide. Western Australia is uniquely positioned to capitalise on this opportunity, with a large export-oriented agricultural sector, strong links to Asia, and a long-standing reputation for safe, sustainable and healthy food production.
Western Australia has a large agricultural land resource, with the highest levels of arable land per capita in the world. Securing water supply is the key to unlocking this resource and growth potential. The State Government's Royalties for Regions funded Water for Food
program is responsible for identifying water and land resources, as well as irrigation technologies that can be used by commercial enterprises to increase primary production.
Western Australia’s agricultural sector is diverse and efficient, with world class technology and infrastructure, allowing it to produce far more food than is consumed locally. A limiting factor for further growth in some areas is access to sustainable water resources. Recognising this, the State Government is supporting the agricultural industry by investing to increase water efficiency and water availability.
The Water for Food
program is focused on supporting public and private sector investment for new large-scale irrigated agriculture precincts and the expansion of existing areas by identifying and quantifying available water resources. Projects are currently being assessed right across the State, from the Kimberley in the north, to Manjimup in the south. Once developed, these will support expanding horticultural production, irrigated cattle fodder production systems, as well as development of new crops such as chia and biofuels.
Commitment from both domestic and international investors will play an important role in realising Western Australia’s agriculture sector’s growth opportunities, and Water for Food
is focused on supporting this process.