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7123.6.55.001 - Agricultural State Profile, Tasmania, 2004-05  
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Despite the loss of some export markets in Europe and Asia in recent years, onions in Tasmania are still mainly grown for export. Most onions are grown on the fertile soils in the north-west and almost all the rest are grown around Scottsdale in the north-east.

In 2004-05, Tasmanian farmers produced about one quarter of Australia's total onion crop (72,500 tonnes).

ONIONS, White and Brown, Tasmania, years ended 30 June

Production
'000 t
Area
'000 ha
Yield
t/ha

2001
42.2
1.0
43.4
2002
63.0
1.1
57.3
2003
59.1
1.2
50.4
2004
64.7
1.3
51.2
2005
72.5
1.3
56.2

(a) Year ended 31 March.
Source: Agriculture, Australia (cat. no. 7113.0) and Agricultural Commodities, Australia (cat. no. 7121.0).

In 2004-05, two thirds of all onions produced in Tasmania came from the Mersey-Lyell Statistical Division (47,600 tonnes).
ONIONS, White and Brown, 2004-05

Statistical Division
'000 t

Greater Hobart
-
Southern
0.1
Northern
^ 24.8
Mersey-Lyell
47.6
Tasmania
72.5

- zero or rounded to zero
^ data subject to sampling variability between 10% and 25%
Source: Unpublished ABS data available on request, 2005 Agricultural Survey.


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