State of Victoria leads Australia for Exports of Food
Victoria is Australia’s leading agricultural exporter, according to its Department of Primary Industries report released this week for the 12 months financial year ending 30 June 2011.
Over the 12 months period ending 30 June 2011, Victoria accounted for 28 per cent of Australia’s total food and fibre exports, while Victorian food exports were valued at AUD $6.3 billion, an increase of AUD $839 million (15 per cent) from the previous financial year.
This financial year saw export increases in meat, dairy, animal fibre and grain. However, wine and horticulture exports decreased due to adverse seasonal conditions and the high Australian Dollar.
According to the report, Victorian food and fibre exports were valued at AUD $8.07 billion in 2010-11, an increase of AUD $1.3 billion (19 per cent) over 2009-10 exports.
“The increase in food and fibre export value was the result of seasonal conditions positively impacting the availability of wheat and livestock products; higher prices for wool, meat and dairy; as well as access to the Indian market for dairy exports.”
Specific Statistics for Victorian exporters reported January 2012 for 12 months ending 30 June 2011:
Meat: Exports of meat products were valued at A$1.66 billion, an increase of A$110 million over the previous financial year.
Dairy: Victorian dairy exports were valued at A$1.96 billion, an increase of A$196 million from 2009-10 levels.
Wine: Victorian wine exports decreased by 3 per cent to be valued at $226 million in 2010-11. Victoria accounted for 11 per cent of the value of Australia’s wine exports.
Horticulture: Victoria’s horticulture exports were valued at A$372 million, a decrease of A$54 million in 2010-11.
Animal fibre: Exports for 2010-11, including wool and skins and hides, were valued at A$1.77 billion, an increase of A$470 million from the previous financial year.
Grain: Exports of grain products were valued at A$1.27 billion, an increase of A$442 million this financial year.