TASMANIA’S agriculture, food and beverage production has again recorded another exceptional year, with the agri-food gross value increasing by 9 per cent to $3.52 billion.
The resilience of Tasmania’s farming sector and ability to adapt has again been highlighted in the Tasmanian Agri-Food ScoreCard 2020-21. Primary Industires Minister Jo Palmer said the State Government was the strongest supporter of our hard-working farmers and primary producers.
“We congratulate them for their innovation, tireless efforts, resilience and commitment to the agriculture industry, she said. “We are on track to reach our ambitious target of growing the Tasmania’s farm gate value of agriculture to $10 billion per year by 2050.”
Produced annually, the ScoreCard found favourable seasonal conditions during summer 2020-21 and access to irrigation infrastructure and water throughout the warm and dry periods were crucial to the continued strong performance of pasture-based industries. Dairy was the highest value agricultural category at $490 million.
Notable farm gate value increases include:
• Meat which rose 8 per cent to $665 million;
• Berry production rose 45 per cent to $209 million; and
• Vegetables increased 13 per cent to $337 million.
Tasmania’s wine industry continues to go from strength to strength with the overall value of wine grapes up 21 per cent to a farm gate value of $46 million as the vintage increased by 16.9 per cent to 14,478 tonnes. In addition, our seafood sector again showed sustainable growth, increasing 10 per cent to $1.18 billion. Salmonids remained the highest value food product, increasing 14 per cent to $1.01 billion.
“It is a remarkable achievement for the state’s agribusiness sector to grow in 2020–21 as Tasmania continued to be disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Ms Palmer said. “Our Government thanks all Tasmanian farmers, producers, businesses and organisations who have delivered these outstanding agricultural achievements.
To read the 2020-21 Scorecard, visit nre.tas.gov. au/agriculture/facts-figures/ tasmanian-agri-food-scorecards