Statistical Information on Agriculture

​The global competitiveness of Tasmanian agricultural sectors is influenced by the ability to understand and respond to changing market and trade situations. The following sources of statistical data sets are often used by industry analysts to help benchmark the health of an industry over time.

 
The Tasmanian Agri-Food ScoreCard​ has been published annually by DPIPWE since 2004-2005, and presents the most comprehensive analysis of data relating to the Tasmanian Agricultural sector and food production industries.​

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides a wide range of datasets, information and reports.  Some data, such as trade data, must be purchased (a summary is available from the Department of State Growth), but other data are available for free, and are typically broken down to the state, Statistical Division, and Natural Resource Management (NRM) region levels.  For example:

 
Uses production quantity, average market price and market value to estimate gross value of agricultural commodities.
 
 
Provides information on production, yield and area for agricultural commodities.

 
Provides data on the number of people employed in agriculture.
Reports population data.

 
Reports agricultural land use.


The Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is another Commonwealth organisation that provides analysis of agricultural statistics.  For example:

 
Provides commentary on trends in the national Agriculture sector for a range of key commodities.

 
Provides detailed statistical information to support Commodity Outlook.

 
Data relating to international agricultural commodity prices and agricultural inputs such as fertiliser are regularly published by organisations such as Global Dairy Trade and Index Mundi.  

National bodies such as Meat and Livestock Australia and Dairy Australia publish industry-specific information such as Australian fodder, farm gate milk​ prices,​ while the Australian Institute of Petroleum publishes Australian diesel prices.
 
Several local industry organisations such as Hort Innovation Australia and Wine Tasmania conduct their own producer surveys and make their findings directly available to the public in the form of the Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook and the Annual Vintage Report, respectively.

Contact

AgriGrowth Tasmania
Phone: 1300 292 292
Email: Agrigrowth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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