Agriculture and Rangelands

The Kimberley has an abundance of the key natural resources necessary for a strong agriculture and food industry: climate, soil and water. As such, agriculture is already one of the Kimberley’s most progressive, vibrant and promising industries.  The industry has large potential for future growth:

Gross Value of Agricultural Production, 2012-13


Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Kimberley – Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, 2012-13.

The Kimberley currently has 93 pastoral leases, at least 30 are currently beneath peak production. There is an opportunity to improve through better land management, breeding genetics, better fodder and improved livestock performance, using models established in similar Northern Australian operations. The total value of cattle and calve disposal was $161 million in 2012-13.

The Ord River Agricultural Area

The Ord River Irrigation Area has been developed in stages and will amount to 29,000 ha of agricultural land. The stages of the project are:

Water for Food

The Water for Food initiative is a four-year $40 million Royalties for Regions funded State Government program aimed at increasing economic growth and regional employment.

The program will use water source discoveries to develop new irrigation areas and increase the size and productivity of existing irrigation districts.

To find out more information on specific projects please see the Department of Water’s Water for Food page.

Water for Food