A changing climate and increased competition for scarce water resources means the Western Australian agriculture sector must adapt to reduced water availability. The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is supporting the sector through innovative research and management strategies to identify new water resources, and sustain the quality and efficient use of available water resources.

DAFWA provides technical information on a range of water related issues, and works to complement the Department of Water’s administration of the Western Australian Rural Water Planning Program. This program supports dryland rural communities to improve and better manage non-potable water supplies, through incentive schemes, grants, and planning and technical services.


  • 7 August 2017

    Waterlogging is widespread in winter in the agricultural areas of Western Australia and is a major factor reducing crop yields, especially in wet years.

  • 17 May 2017

    Jujubes (or Chinese dates) are a new horticultural industry in Western Australia. This page outlines recommendations for irrigating jujubes in Western Australia. 

  • 17 August 2017

    Growers who know the amount of water that a soil can hold for plant growth — the size of the 'bucket' — can estimate potential crop yield and the value of treating soil constraints to that yield.

  • 21 June 2017

    Four years of research by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has laid the foundation for growth of new irrigated industries and development in the La Grange area, sou

  • 19 July 2017

    The final harvest at the netted demonstration resulted in the best crop of the three year project.

  • 7 February 2017

    Roof run-off or rainwater can provide clear, very soft and low-salinity water.

  • 16 January 2017

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has produced an interactive soil and groundwater map of the La Grange Groundwater Subarea, as part of the La Grange Agriculture Opp

  • 15 September 2017

    Disposal of saline effluent (brine) from desalination is covered by regulations requiring owners or occupiers to notify the Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation before any discharge takes pla

  • 23 August 2017

    Managing subsurface water can help to lower watertables and alleviate problems with waterlogging, rising salinity, and infrastructure damage.

  • 22 November 2016

    Irrigation is the most important input for Irrigated agriculture affecting performance, yield and quality of crops.  Irrigation design determines the delivery operation and power use efficiency and


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