Adverse seasonal conditions in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland resulted in poor growing conditions and production decreases for most horticulture crops.
National potato production decreased, with two of the nation's three largest producing states, South Australia and Tasmania, experiencing decreases in production of 4% and 28% respectively. South Australia experienced extended periods of heat and Tasmania experienced pricing impacts which contributed to the reduced production.
Adverse seasonal conditions in Queensland, including the impact of Cyclone Ita, drove a decrease in national banana production. Queensland, the major banana producing state, recorded a decrease of 22% to 242,000 tonnes.
National apple production decreased, largely driven by a decrease in Victoria of 6% to 116.6 million kilograms. Victoria experienced unfavourable weather conditions and birds and other pests damaging apple crops.
Total capsicum production and area planted increased 55% and 31% respectively, driven by a rise in capsicums being grown undercover.
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