Ag close to con­tribut­ing $20B

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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.

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