Agriculture continues to be a pillar industry for Tasmania with the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) agricultural census information showing the value of agricultural production has grown to almost $1.5 billion.
This is an outstanding result for 2015-16 when the State endured extreme weather events including drought and floods. Through funding and assistance provided during the extreme conditions of 2015-16, the State Government is working with farmers with increased investment in biosecurity, irrigation and research.
The investment in irrigation played a key role in mitigating the impact of the dry conditions, particularly for fruit growers and the wine industry, which increased their combined value of production to $199 million.
The ABS data for Tasmania also showed:
- Cherry growers saw the greatest growth in the value, with a 103% increase in the value of cherries to $64 million.
- Value of apple production increased by 28% to $45 million.
- The traditional beef sector also continued to perform strongly with production increasing in value by $67 million to be worth $314million, followed by wool, which increased by $4 million to be worth $95 million.
- Dairy production remains Tasmania’s highest value commodity with production valued at $386 million, with potatoes the fourth most valuable commodity.
(From Tasmanian Government media release - 7 July 2017)