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7101.0 - Ag Mag - The Agriculture Newsletter, Dec 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/12/2010   
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HOW MUCH WAS THAT WORTH?

The annual publication, Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia (cat. no. 7503.0) shows the dollar value for production of selected agricultural commodities. National, state and territory level data for 2008-09 was released on 18 June 2010, and includes final estimates for commodities including livestock and livestock products, crops, fruit and vegetables. The 2008-09 publication features a greater range of agricultural commodities and livestock breakdowns than previous years. The publication also features small area data by Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions and Statistical Divisions (SDs), released as downloadable data cubes (spreadsheets).

In 2008-09, the gross value of total Australian agricultural production was $41.8 billion, which was a decrease of $1.4 billion from 2007-08. The three highest producing commodities (gross value) were:

  • Cattle and calves ($7.45 billion)
  • Wheat ($6.02 billion)
  • Whole milk ($3.99 billion)


GROSS VALUE OF AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES PRODUCED - 2008-09, 2007-08

Graph: GROSS VALUE OF AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES PRODUCED—2008-09, 2007-08


So, if you would like to discover the value of spuds or carrots produced in South Australia, the value of little woolly sheep that met their fate in Victoria or other similarly interesting stuff, find it all on our web pages in Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia (cat. no.7503.0).

Image: Girl eating peas


An interesting fact
Tasmania is the country's major producer of peas for processing, with a total gross value of $11.9 million, comprising almost all of the national total for 2008 -09. The state produced around 18.8 million kilograms of peas, with production based mainly in the north west and north east of the state. Could the island state's nickname of the 'Apple Isle' be in peril? The 'Isle of Peas' doesn't fit quite so well, does it?





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