7111.0 - Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary, 2007-08
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Rice, sheep and lamb numbers drop to lowest levels since 1920s: ABS
Continuing unfavourable conditions and lack of water kept agricultural production down during 2007-08, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Rice plantings dropped to the lowest levels since 1927, from 20,000 hectares in 2006–07 to 3,000 hectares in 2007–08 while production was down 86% to 23,000 tonnes.
Sheep and lamb numbers - at 79 million head were also at their lowest levels since the 1920s, but plantings of grain sorghum came in at a record high of one million hectares, leading to a tripling in production to 4 million tonnes.
Further details are in Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia (Preliminary) 2007-08(cat. no. 7111.0), available free from the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>.
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