Ag close to contributing $20B
QUEENSLAND’S agriculture, fisheries and forestry production has almost reached the record level of $20 billion for the 16/17 financial year.
Acting Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Regional Economic Development Leeanne Enoch said the $19.95 billion figure was 20% greater than the average for the past five years.
“This is despite continuing dry conditions, drought and pest and disease incursions, demonstrating the sector’s resilience,” she said.
“The farm gate value is $15.54 billion for primary industry commodities and $4.41 billion for first-stage processing and value-adding, including dairy processing, meat processing, sawmilling and cotton ginning.”
The statistics are in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Annual Report, which was tabled by the Minister in Parliament. Ms Enoch said the Government remained committed to programs that continued the rise of the agricultural sector.
TOP RESULT: Queensland’s agriculture sector is close to reaching $20 billion for the financial year.