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Sustainable production

The vision: sustainable, productive landscapes.

We value sustainable production from irrigated and dryland agriculture gained from healthy land and water resources, supporting viable rural communities.

Primary production is the dominant land use and greatest employer of people in the SA Murray-Darling Basin (14% in 2011). The main productive land uses in the region are:

  • grazing of native and modified pastures (46% of the region and the dominant land use across the Pastoral subregion)
  • annual cropping and mixed farming (19% of the region mostly occurring in the Southern Murray Mallee, Lower Murray and Plains, Meningie - Tailem Bend and Northern Ranges subregions)
  • irrigated horticulture (particularly stone-fruit, citrus and grapes along the River Murray, and irrigated dairies in the Lower Murray and Plains and Southern Fleurieu subregions). 

Primary production from the Murray and Mallee area of the SA Murray-Darling Basin (excluding the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges and Southern Fleurieu) contributed an estimated $2.2 billion to the economy in 2011.

To learn more about types of production in the SA Murray-Darling Basin, click here.