Vegetable Spotlight : 30-08-2010

  • Cauliflowers are Australia’s 18th largest vegetable crop in terms of value, accounting for 1.7% of total vegetable production with a gross value of $49.8 million in 2009.
  • Production volumes, value and area planted all rose in 2009 after a record low this century in 2008.
  • The area planted has fallen in six of the past eight years, with a cumulative decline of 27% between 2001 and 2009.
  • Cauliflower growers increased yields significantly between 2003 and 2006. This upward trend was not sustained in 2007, but there was some recovery in 2008 and 2009.
  • Queensland and Victoria were the largest producers with shares of national production of 28%.
  • The number of cauliflower growers fell slightly in 2009 to 348 compared to 357 in 2008.
  • Australia runs a small positive balance of trade in cauliflower. Imports are negligible.
  • Exports have collapsed since the early years of this century due to the loss of South East Asian markets to Chinese competition

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