Australian Bureau of Statistics
7121.0.55.002 - Agricultural Survey, Apples and Pears, Australia, 2005-06
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Agricultural Survey: Apples and Pears, Australia, Final, 2005-06
Final estimates for 2005-06 show the number of pear trees decreased by 2.9% from the previous year to 2.1 million. This was mostly due to a decrease in tree numbers of 2.3% in Victoria, which was by far the largest pear grower with 1.7 million trees. There were also decreases in tree numbers in all other states, except Queensland.
The production of pears decreased by 6% from the previous year to 142,400 tonnes in 2005-06. Decreases in production were reported in all states except Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.
The four most common varieties of pears produced in Australia in 2005-06 were:
Apples and Pears sent for processing
The quantity of apples sent for processing in 2005-06 decreased by 26.5% to 45,100 tonnes. Victoria and New South Wales recorded the largest quantity of apples sent for processing, with 13,700 tonnes and 13,600 tonnes respectively.
The quantity of pears sent for processing in 2005-06 decreased by 18.4% to 50,200 tonnes. Victoria recorded the largest quantity of pears sent for processing with 47,900 tonnes.
Cool storage capacity
The cool storage capacity of apple and pear growers in 2005-06 fell by 6.6% from the previous year to 290,100 tonnes. Victoria recorded the largest capacity with 136,400 tonnes followed by New South Wales with 45,900 tonnes and Tasmania with 42,900 tonnes.
(State data are available on request.)
Table 1: Apples(a)
(b) Yield represents the quantity of fruit produced per tree of bearing age, i.e. 4 years and over.
Table 2: Pears (including nashi)(a)
(b) Yield represents the quantity of fruit produced per tree of bearing age, i.e. 6 years and over.
Table 3: Apples and Pears sent for processing(a)
Table 4: Cool storage capacity(a)
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