Australian food sector dishes up results
Australian seafood. Credit: Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
The total value of Australian farm and fisheries food production increased by 17% in 2010-11, a new government publication has revealed.
Australian Food Statistics 2010-11 was launched by Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, who said it is a comprehensive look at the industry with some positive results.
“This report shows that production has increased, but also that employment in the food industry now accounts for 15% of total employment in Australia,” Minister Ludwig said.
“I am pleased to reveal that in 2010-11, more than 1.68 million people from production through to food service were employed in the food business, contributing to one of our most resilient and profitable industries.
“In 2010-11, we saw a 2% increase in employment in the sector and we are confident the industry will continue to flourish.”
Minister Ludwig said the food industry was an important one for employment, but also the wider economy and national food security.
“As we celebrate the Australian Year of the Farmer in 2012, this report acknowledges the valuable role our primary producers play in Australian food production and supply,” Minister Ludwig said.
“Australia is a food secure nation and the Australian Government is taking important steps to ensure that remains the case for the long term.
“Australia is fortunate in being a net food exporter by a significant margin, with more than half of our food production exported to international markets.”
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