Rural produce retains value
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.