ScoreCard showcases Tasmania's agriculture sector
The Tasmanian Agri-Food ScoreCard 2019-20 shows Tasmania is leading the way in agriculture.
The ScoreCard reports the gross farm gate value of agricultural production in Tasmania has exceeded $2 billion for the first time, rising by 13 per cent to a total of $2.15 billion.
The ScoreCard also notes seasonal conditions, access to irrigation and export growth as key drivers of the continuing expansion of the agricultural industry.
Value adding through packing and processing results in $5.27 billion worth of food being produced in Tasmania. By volume, it is five times more food than is consumed in the state, and the surplus is sold interstate and overseas.
In 2019-20, the value of Tasmania's international food exports reached a record $954 million, and the value of total agri-food exports increased by 23 per cent to $1.08 billion, accounting for around 29 per cent of Tasmania's total merchandise exports.