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7112.0 - Selected Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary, 2005-06  
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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS HORTICULTURE


FRUIT

Apples

The number of apple trees in 2005-06 of bearing age was 8.8 million. The main growing states were Victoria (with 2.9 million bearing trees), New South Wales (with 1.7 million bearing trees) and South Australia (with 1.3 million bearing trees). Production of apples in 2005-06 was 276,000 tonnes. The major producing states were Victoria (104,000 tonnes), New South Wales (52,200 tonnes) and Western Australia (36,200 tonnes).


Bananas

The total area of bearing bananas in 2005-06 was 10,300 hectares. The main growing states were Queensland (8,480 hectares) and New South Wales (1,590 hectares). Production was down by around one third as a result of damage caused by Cyclone Larry in early 2006. Production in Queensland was reported as 155,000 tonnes and in New South Wales it was 16,100 tonnes.


Oranges

The number of orange trees in 2005-06 of bearing age was 6.5 million. The main growing states were New South Wales (with 3.5 million bearing trees), South Australia (with 1.6 million bearing trees) and Victoria (with 1.0 million bearing trees). Production of oranges in 2005-06 was 496,000 tonnes. In New South Wales, production was reported as 232,000 tonnes, in South Australia it was 159,000 tonnes and in Victoria it was 84,600 tonnes.


Pears

The number of pear trees in 2005-06 of bearing age was 1.5 million. The main growing states were Victoria (with 1.2 million bearing trees) and Western Australia (with 141,000 bearing trees). Production of pears in 2005-06 was 139,000 tonnes. In Victoria, production was reported as 123,000 tonnes and in Western Australia it was 8,480 tonnes.


Grapes

Grape production in 2005-06 was just below the previous year's record at 2.0 million tonnes. The total area of vines increased to 169,000 hectares. The bearing area for grapes rose to 158,000 hectares while the area not yet bearing fell to 10,600 hectares.


VEGETABLES

Carrots

The total area sown to carrots in 2005-06 was 5,840 hectares. The three main growing states were Victoria (1,530 hectares), South Australia (1,160 hectares) and Western Australia (1,100 hectares). Production of carrots in 2005-06 was 272,000 tonnes. The major producing states were Western Australia (67,400 tonnes), South Australia (55,900 tonnes) and Tasmania (55,400 tonnes).


Lettuces

The total area sown to lettuces in 2005-06 was 7,560 hectares. The three main growing states were Victoria (2,980 hectares), Queensland (2,100 hectares) and New South Wales (1,240 hectares). Production of lettuces in 2005-06 was 179,000 tonnes. In Victoria, production was reported as 60,300 tonnes, in Queensland it was 56,400 tonnes and in New South Wales it was 40,900 tonnes.


Onions

The total area sown to onions in 2005-06 was 4,660 hectares. The three main growing states were South Australia (1,670 hectares), Tasmania (1,210 hectares) and Queensland (740 hectares). Production of onions in 2005-06 was 230,000 tonnes. In South Australia, production was reported as 86,400 tonnes, in Tasmania it was 68,300 tonnes and in Queensland it was 28,300 tonnes.


Potatoes

The total area sown to potatoes in 2005-06 was 35,500 hectares. The three main growing states were South Australia (10,800 hectares), Victoria (7,510 hectares) and Tasmania (6,180 hectares). Production of potatoes in 2005-06 was 1.3 million tonnes. In South Australia, production was reported as 386,000 tonnes, in Tasmania it was 282,000 tonnes and in Victoria it was 270,000 tonnes.


Tomatoes

The total area sown to tomatoes in 2005-06 was 7,660 hectares. The three main growing states were Victoria and Queensland (3,000 hectares each) and New South Wales (1,220 hectares). Production of tomatoes in 2005-06 was 449,000 tonnes. In Victoria, production was reported as 242,000 tonnes, in Queensland it was 119,000 tonnes and in New South Wales it was 69,900 tonnes.


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