Dairy leads Victoria's agricultural exports but is facing a declining trend.GEOFF ADAMS October 31, 2012 4:04am
Victoria’s dairy exports have steadily declined during the past five years but remain the biggest agricultural sector for the state.
About 80 per cent of all Australian dairy exports come out of Victoria, and the Murray dairy region accounts for about one third of that.
Recently released statistics show the dairy industry delivered $1.93
But five years ago the figure was $2.3
United Dairyfarmers of Victoria president Kerry Callow said the size of the export figures showed what a real powerhouse agriculture was to the state.
‘‘Farmers are delivering, not just to the state but the world, despite the challenges they’re facing.
‘‘We welcome the government’s challenge to double food and fibre production by 2030, however we need a plan on how to get there.
‘‘Government has a major role to play in helping us deliver.’’
On the five-year export decline, Ms Kellow said the export sector had been hit in recent years by the high Australian dollar.
The exchange rates had impacted sales and held the milk price down.
She said Victoria did well last year in the face of the high exchange rate and the international over-supply.
Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said dairy had topped Victorian exports as the most valuable industry to the state for the past five years.
‘‘This result shows the remarkable strength and resilience of Victoria’s dairy sector, which is an international success story despite the high Australian dollar,’’ Mr Walsh said.
‘‘Five years ago, had someone suggested that the dollar would be at parity plus, they would have predicted the doom of our export-focused dairy sector, but instead it has delivered remarkable growth.’’
The top export market during 2011-12 was China, with Victoria sending $1.86
Victoria now accounts for 29 per cent of Australia’s food and fibre exports.
When Cupid’s arrow strikes it can be unexpected.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club has hosted the first ever ACA Masters contest at the Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga.
The regular annual tour of heritage-listed former Internment Tatura Camp One again this year attracted interest from Melbourne and Interstate visitors.
HE IS a physiotherapist by day and a thespian by night.
A GROUP of Rochester Secondary College students visited Bendigo last week to donate blood for the first time.
Bowls Club hosts 49th Victorian Country Masters Pairs
The Oriential Weatherloach has infested the Goulburn River.
The largest ever Strawberry Fields crowd turned out to enjoy the event on the Murray River at Tocumwal at the weekend.
AFTER the hottest October in Victoria since records began in the 1850s, it will come as little surprise that rainfall across the district was unusually low.
The rationing of infant milk formula on supermarket shelves reflects a higher demand for product rather than a shortage and Australian manufacturers have responded by ramping up production.
Mathoura car crash sparks grass fire.
Victoria’s strict dangerous dogs laws are considered a laughing stock by other countries, a canine behaviour expert says.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.