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 Primary Industries and Regional Development 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.

The department 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.


  • This interactive map – produced by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) – allows you to explore south-west Western Australian regional groundwater trends, local gro

  • The Agriculture and Food Division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) recommends constructing broad-based banks to intercept and divert surface water run-off in

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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

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

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) produced this interactive soil and groundwater map for pastoralists, horticulturalists and traditional owners to use to explore

  • Water for Food is a state government initiative funded through the Royalties for Regions program.


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