Australian farmers go fruit and nutty

A macadamia farm – image courtesy Brookfarm.

Although it was another variable year for farmers, the total value of Australia’s agricultural production continued to rise in 2015–16 to $56 billion according to data released by the ABS.

The Agricultural Census showed that this rise in agriculture is being driven by livestock. It also showed that the most valuable crop types were wheat ($6.2 billion), fruit, nuts and grapes ($5.6 billion) and vegetables ($3.6 billion). Large jumps in crop production included mandarins (up 24 per cent), avocadoes (up 39 per cent) and almonds (up 30 per cent).

Nationally the gross value of broadacre crops such as wheat and barley decreased by 4.8 per cent to $15.4 billion.

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