Productive Soils, Ample Water, Innovation
Nearly a third of Tasmania’s land area of 68,300 sq km is committed to agriculture. The State has some of the world’s most productive soils and the people who work in the agriculture sector take pride in using cutting-edge technology in their production methods, packaging and marketing. The Tasmanian Government has placed a moratorium on the commercial production of GM crops. Hormones and antibiotics are not used to promote growth in livestock .
Tasmanians make a disproportionate contribution to Australia’s output of vegetables, accounting for about 10 per cent of national vegetable exports. Potatoes, onions and carrots are the major vegetable crops, but farm businesses are versatile and increasingly diversified. Barley, wheat and oats lead grain production, while poppies, pyrethrum, essential oils, seeds and flowers provide innovative cropping options.
The State is noted for the excellence of superfine wool produced mainly from Saxon Merino sheep on grazing properties in lower rainfall districts. Tasmanian wool has often set world record prices at auction.
Beef, lamb, venison and other meats are safe and delectable. They are firmly established in niche markets around the world where quality is more important than price. The dairy industry is based on reliable rainfall, excellent pastures and human creativity.
When Tasmanian primary production is combined with dependent downstream processing, it provides around a third of Gross State Product, about a third of employment and a quarter of all overseas exports.
Innovation is supported by the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research and private sector specialist consultants. The use of GPS (Global Positioning System) to accurately position crops and to map farmland in unprecedented detail has attracted international interest.
Welcome to Tasmania, Australia's natural larder.