Sector on track for target
THE gross value of the state’s agrifood production grew by 5.9 per cent in 2015-2016 according to the State Governmnet’s Agri-Food Scorecard.
The scorecard for 2015-2016 shows salmonids, beef and cherries posted impressive growth in value and exports.
Agriculture contributed $1.48 billion, growing by 3.3 per cent, with dairy the highestvalue agricultural commodity worth $386 million.
The state recorded $686 million worth of overseas food exports, a jump of 12.2 per cent. The gross value of seafood production was $911 million.
Primary Industries and Water Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the performance was resilient in a year of dry conditions followed by floods.
“It shows our measures are working and the gross value of Tasmania’s agriculture and seafood sectors continued to grow,” Mr Rockliff said.