Cotton and rice farms are two of the most inefficient agricultural industries in the Murray Darling Basin because they are very thirsty crops. According to Senator Nick Xenophon, rice and cotton farms use four times the amount of water when compared to growing wine grapes.
Tim Brunero spoke to Independent Senator Nick Xenophon about how the eastern states are guzzling up the water, leaving SA dry and its lakes stressed.
Between July 2010 and June last year, 492 new cotton farms and an additional 489 rice farms were registered. During this time the Basin more water was extracted out of the Basin. Coincidence anyone? Xenophon knows.
Xenophon’s bill for penalty rates was also addressed.
Produced by: Jess Hand