Carrots are the major fresh vegetable export and grew to $159 million in 2013-14. Onions and shallots are the second largest followed by potatoes and asparagus. Onions and shallots increased by 1 per cent in 2013-14 to $28 million, while potato exports fell by 20 per cent to $19 million. Asparagus exports increased by 4 per cent to $17 million.
In 2013-14, 59 per cent of frozen vegetable exports were prepared potatoes. Prepared potatoes were worth $14 million in 2013-14, down by 16 per cent from 2012-13. The other major frozen vegetables were sweet corn worth $2.7 and an increase of 84%.
Processed vegetable exports declined by 15 per cent to $37 million in 2013-14. This was driven by a large decline in vegetable juice exports from $14 million to $10 million. Similarly, tomato sauce products fell 3% to $4.0 million. Vegetable juices remain the largest processed vegetable export at 28% of the segment.
Vegetable and potato seed are the main products of other vegetables, accounting for 89% of this category in 2013-14, valued at $33 million. Overall the total value of other vegetable exports increased to $37 million. There is substantial two-way trade in vegetable seeds with imports more than three times the exports in 2013-14.
In summary, exports continue to be dominated by fresh vegetables but export performance has been lack lustre in recent years, with only recent signs of improvement. There has been little change in the relative importance of fresh vegetable exports with carrots dominant and onions, potatoes and asparagus significant. These four vegetables accounted for 75% of fresh vegetable exports in 2013-14 and 47% of total vegetable exports.
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