Water prices forecast to stay low for 3rd straight year

Water prices forecast to stay low for 3rd straight year

Water allocation prices in the southern Murray–Darling Basin are likely to remain low. That sees it staying low for a third consecutive year, according to the latest ABARES Water Market Outlook.

ABARES Executive Director, Dr Jared Greenville said ABARES considered the wet scenario to be the most likely. Based on the current climate outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology, prices are expected to fall to $58 per ML.

“In all scenarios, the price is forecast to remain well below the annual average of $617 per ML during the last drought in 2019–20,” Dr Greenville said.

“Back-to-back La Niña years have recharged storages and have allowed carryover balances to rebuild. The volume of carryover available in 2022–23 is the highest it’s been in a decade.

“High opening allocations and excellent forecasts for allocations for the rest of the year for all major entitlements will provide a lot of certainty to irrigators in making water management decisions.

“The continuation of lower water prices will help to support agricultural production, especially commodities which are typically more sensitive to water prices, such as rice and cotton.”

The latest ABARES Water Market Outlook and accompanying dashboard visualisation can be accessed by clicking here.

As part of the ABARES Perspectives series, these results will be discussed in more detail at a webinar at 1:30pm on Thursday 4 August 2022. To register visit https://agriculture.eventsair.com/wmo-july-2022/rego/Site/Register.

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