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The total area for carrots sown in 2009-10 increased by 6% to 5,500 hectares. Increased plantings in Western Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland were responsible for the overall rise in area sown. Nationally production, however, increased only slightly to 267,000 tonnes. Movements in production matched those for plantings in all states except Western Australia, down by 6%, which had reported poor conditions in some areas.
Total production of mushrooms declined by 5% to 41,000 tonnes, driven by a 43% decrease in South Australian production. The total area sown to mushrooms also dropped, down by 13% to 139 hectares.
In 2009-10 decreases were reported nationally in the area of onions (down by 2% to 5,300 hectares) and production of onions (down by 8% to 260,000 tonnes). Despite most states reporting a decrease in production, onion production in Victoria rose by 26% in 2009-10 to 24,000 tonnes.
The total area sown to potatoes increased by 12% to 36,000 hectares in 2009-10 and production was also up by 8% to 1.3 million tonnes. New South Wales and Tasmania were the main contributors to the increases, with New South Wales in particular recovering from a wet 2009.
The total area of tomatoes sown was up by 14% to 7,700 hectares in 2009-10 and total production increased by 7% to 472,000 tonnes. This national increase in production was driven by Victoria which increased its production by 17% to 286,000 tonnes and New South Wales, up by 100% to 55,000 tonnes.
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