Capsicum

Vegetable Spotlight: 21-10-2011

  • The value of capsicum and chilli production fell by 22% to $124.9 million in 2008-09.
  • Capsicum and chillies were Australia’s 7th largest vegetable crop in 2008-09, accounting for 4.1% of total vegetable production by value.
  • Area planted and production were both below recent peaks in 2004 and 2006. Yields declined in 2009 after reaching record levels in 2008.
  • Production of capsicums is concentrated in Queensland, which accounted for 80% of national production in 2009. South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria were the next most important with shares of 5-7%.
  • Based on production estimates consumption of capsicums has risen in recent years.
  • Prices on both domestic and export markets declined in 2009.
  • Exports and imports both rose in 2009-10 following sharp declines in the previous year. The decline in imports in 2008-09 of 56% from the previous year was reflected in a sharp reduction in the annual tradedeficit from over $5 million to $1.3 million. The deficit widened to $2.6 million in 2009-10.
  • The total number of growers rose from 566 in 2008 to 602 in 2009 with major variations in the size of operations between the States.
  • Exports and imports both rose in 2009-10 following sharp declines in the previous year. The decline in imports in 2008-09 of 56% from the previous year was reflected in a sharp reduction in the annual trade deficit from over $5 million to $1.3 million. The deficit widened to $2.6 million in 2009-10.

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