Climate, land & water

Western Australia’s agriculture sector needs access to productive soil and water resources for growth and profit. However, the sector must compete with increasing resource demands from all sectors of the community, and the pressures of a changing climate. The Agriculture and Food division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development supports agriculture by providing long-term management solutions, practical risk management strategies and tools to maintain and improve resource conditions, to meet the needs of industry and stakeholders. Agriculture and Food is also pioneering soil and water investigation of the state’s undeveloped areas to establish new irrigated agricultural industries.

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  • The release of the nation’s first Digital Infrastructure Atlas will provide WA enterprises with increased opportunities to improve their telecommunications services.

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia supports the growth of Western Australia’s agrifood sector in four key areas: markets, productivity, profitability and people.

  • Introducing new plants to an area can have positive and negative effects on the environment, economy and community.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's (DPIRD) network of automatic weather stations and radars throughout the state provide timely, relevant and local weather data to assi

  • The plants identified here have the potential to cause significant damage to Western Australia's pastoral industry and to the unique biodiversity of the rangelands.

  • Measure water quality and quantity to effectively plan and monitor water supplies for livestock.

  • The wingless grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum) is a native insect widely distributed throughout the higher rainfall coastal areas of southern Australia.

  • Cockchafers belonging to the genus Heteronyx are typically not regarded as a pest of agriculture. However, two have been seen as occasional pests, with H.

  • The bush fly is a native insect that has affected the lives of Western Australians since before European settlement.

  • Water quality can influence the efficacy of chemicals used in spraying crops and pastures.

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