Assessment for agricultural expansion

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) carries out a number of soils assessment and groundwater investigations throughout Western Australia to identify new areas for expanding irrigated agriculture.

The state government’s Royalties for Regions program provided funding for many of these investigations in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Mid West and South-west regions.

DAFWA's investigations identify the risks and management requirements for sustainably and profitably developing new soil and water resources.

Articles

  • 9 November 2016

    The La Grange project was established in 2012 to investigate the opportunities for Irrigated Agricultural development in the La Grange region, south of Broome, Western Australia.

  • 13 September 2016

    The Gascoyne Food Bowl Initiative was established in 2012 to increase horticultural production in the area by an additional 400 hectares, matched with borefield development.

  • 23 June 2016

    Tropical agriculture on the Ord River in Western Australia's Kimberley region began in 1941.

  • 29 June 2016

    Land capability assessment is used to identify the potential for agricultural and non-agricultural land uses. It considers specific requirements of the land use and also identifies potenti

  • 22 November 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is planning for the future of irrigated agriculture development in the Pilbara through the $12.5 million Pilbara Hinterland Agricul

  • 6 December 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) provides advice and information to land use planners to help them consider the needs of agriculture and food sectors in their decis

  • 5 May 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia has developed a methodology for identifying high quality agricultural land (HQAL) that uses a combination of soil and water qualities valua

  • 15 September 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) monitored and reviewed the water quality, flow and tide data over a 40-month baseline study period (2010–13) for sites in the lower

  • 23 May 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has been supporting the Ord River Irrigation Expansion Stage 2, now known as the Goomig Farmlands, in Western Australia’s Kimberley

  • 10 June 2016

    This page provides summary information about each of the Agricultural Land Areas (ALAs) from the Resource Management Technical Report (RMTR) 386 Identification of high quality agricultural land