Emerging Animal and Plant Industries – Their Value to Australia (2nd Edition)
Published: 3 Mar 2009
Author(s): Foster, Max, ABARE
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The Australian food and fibre industries use an increasingly diverse range of plant and animal products. While the key characteristics of traditional agricultural production in Australia are well documented, there is a vast array of agricultural commodities produced in Australia for which there is relatively little public information.
This publication is essentially an update of a previous report published by RIRDC in November 2005 “Emerging animal and plant industries – their value to Australia”, with a number of additional chapters or sections on dairy sheep, freshwater crustaceans, wallabies, tea, tree nuts and truffles.
The report is targeted at industry and governments interested in improving productivity, trade and R&D for new animal and plant industries.
In 2006-07, the gross value of production of the selected animal industries was an estimated $270 million, and they earned export revenue of $207 million. The biggest of these industries were the kangaroo, game bird and meat goat industries, together accounting for 80 per cent of the total value of production and 82 per cent of total exports.
The gross value of production of the selected emerging plant industries in 2006-07 was an estimated $613 million, largely contributed by the more mature emerging industries — that is, the Asian vegetables, macadamia, exotic fruit (mainly lychees) and wildflower industries. Most of the emerging plant industries are export oriented, with total exports in 2006-07 of $260 million.