The third annual Agribusiness Insights Report has been released, providing production updates across the agricultural sector.
The 2022-23 Report was developed by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas), in consultation with industry and key stakeholders. It features a snapshot of industry performance, emerging opportunities, threats and trends, as well as information on trade, exports, volume and values of agricultural production.
NRE Tas, Manager, AgriGrowth Sustainability and Growth Tim Napier said a key highlight of this year’s Report was that increased tourism visitation had resulted in positive activity and growth across the agribusiness, wine and agritourism sectors.
“A wetter than average spring did delay planting, but the Report outlines that good summer conditions helped with yields,” Mr Napier said.
“Berries and pome fruits in particular performing strongly over this period.”
Positive seasonal conditions, irrigation access and strong market demands, according to the insights, are benefiting our red meat producers.
Tasmanian livestock numbers are increasing and there are positive signs for processed livestock exports.
The dairy industry is also performing well, with an increase in the value of exports and strong milk production for the seven months to January 2023.
“Producers continue to remain vigilant for potential biosecurity incursions in the state, but a key challenge for them is a shortage of skilled labour,” Mr Napier said.
“However, the situation is improving with the return of movement of workers across the state from mainland Australia and overseas.”
The AgriBusiness Insights Report is an initiative under the Competitiveness of Tasmanian Agriculture White Paper that sits alongside the Government’s AgriFood Plan.
To read the Report visit: https://nre.tas.gov.au/agriculture/facts-figures/agribusiness-insights