Vegetable Spotlight : 10-11-2010

  • Broccoli is Australia’s 10thlargest vegetable crop in terms of value, accounting for 3.4% of total vegetable production with a gross value of $101.2 million in 2008/09.
  • Production fell by 4% in 2009 to 21% below its level in 2005.
  • The area planted fell by 1% in 2009 to 6,268 hectares, down by 18% from a peak of 7,263 hectares in 2005.
  • Australian broccoli farmers were successful in improving yields significantly between 1998 and 2006. This upward trend has not been sustained since then.
  • Victoria is the largest producer with 50% of national production in 2009. Production in the other states ranged from 1.5% in South Australia to 20% in Queensland in 2009.
  • The gross value of broccoli production rose by 9% in 2009 to its highest total in the reporting period.
  • The total number of growers rose from 348 in 2008 to 406 in 2009.
  • Australia runs a positive balance of trade in broccoli. The value of exports rose in 2008/09, but the longer term trend is a significant decline over recent years.

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