Technological change in the Australian irrigation industry: implications for future resource management and policy development

Maraseni, Tek N. and Mushtaq, Shahbaz (2011) Technological change in the Australian irrigation industry: implications for future resource management and policy development. In: Irrigation 2011: New Horizons, Fresh Ideas Regional Conference and Exhibition, 22-25 Aug 2011, Launceston, Australia.

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Recent research sponsored by the National Water Commission explores the trade-offs between water savings, energy use (and greenhouse gas emissions) and economic gain through the implementation of more water efficient, but more energy intensive forms of irrigation technologies on-farm.
The study shows, through a series of case studies and scenarios, that converting to more water-efficient pressurised irrigation systems can result in significant water savings and economic returns for the cropping scenarios analysed. Using a range of assumed carbon prices, the costs associated with increases in greenhouse gas emissions for most of the case studies did offset the economic gain but this was not as influential as water savings, productivity gains and labour savings.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with blanket permission of Irrigation Australia Ltd.
Depositing User: Dr Shahbaz Mushtaq
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - No Department
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2011 04:48
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; irrigation; technology; implications
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960905 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management

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