Ru­ral pro­duce re­tains value

The Western Star - - NEWS -

DE­SPITE an­other year of drought, the Queens­land agri­cul­ture in­dus­try has, for the most part, main­tained a steady pro­duc­tion value.

The fruit and nuts sec­tor came out on top, pro­duc­ing out­comes higher than pre­dicted fore­casts for the year and five-year av­er­ages.

State Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Mark Furner said pri­mary in­dus­try prod­ucts were do­ing well, de­spite the chal­lenges of the pro­longed drought.

“The con­tin­u­ing dry con­di­tions are a ma­jor in­flu­ence on the chance of (not) ex­ceed­ing me­dian growth, par­tic­u­larly for ma­jor crop­ping re­gions and ex­ten­sive graz­ing lands of the state,” Mr Furner said.

The cat­tle and calf in­dus­try is pre­dicted to have a gross value pro­duc­tion of $5.05 bil­lion in 2018–19, 6% lower than the fi­nal es­ti­mate for 2017–18, and 3% lower than the five-year av­er­age.

“Drought has been a key fac­tor,” he­said.

“We’re con­tin­u­ing to back our pri­mary pro­duc­ers by help­ing them in­no­vate and grow.”

Mr Furner said poul­try, veg­eta­bles and wool were also per­form­ing well.

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