The Tasmanian Agri-Food ScoreCard 2020-21 highlights an exceptional year for the State’s agriculture, food and beverage production with the agri-food gross value increasing by 9 per cent to $3.52 billion.
Agricultural production also increased by 9 per cent reaching farm gate value of $2.34 billion.
The ScoreCard notes favourable seasonal conditions during summer and access to irrigation throughout the warm and dry periods as crucial to the continued strong performance of pasture-based industries.
Dairy was the highest value agricultural category but decreased by 3 per cent to $490 million, as a slightly lower Tasmanian milk price offset record milk production volumes.
Notable farm gate value increases also include meat which rose 8 per cent to $665 million, berry production drove a 45 per cent increase to $209 million and vegetables increased 13 per cent to $337 million.
The overall value of wine grapes up 21 per cent to a farm gate value of $46 million as the vintage increased by 16.9 per cent to 14,478 tonnes.
In addition, our seafood sector again showed sustainable growth, increasing 10 per cent to $1.18 billion. Salmonids remained the highest value food product, increasing 14 per cent to $1.01 billion.
The ScoreCard reflects industry’s outstanding achievement and ability to capitalise on Tasmania’s advantages in climate, soils, natural resources, biosecurity and irrigation.
The ScoreCard is produced annually by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania and incorporates the best data available to provide a comprehensive overview of Tasmania’s agri-food sector and its contribution to the Tasmanian economy.