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AU: Nuts to become biggest export

The tree nut industry is expecting to become the country's most important crop over the next few years.

Pistachios are grown around Swan Hill and walnuts at Kerang but almond plantings around Robinvale and in the Riverland are the country's dominant tree nut sector.

By 2015 34,000 ha of almonds are expected to be under cultivations - significant given that the figure represents over half of the national tree nut cultivation.

The Nut Industry Council says the value of tree nuts will reach $1 billion by 2020 and will become Australia's chief horticultural export.

The industry says it is trying to highlight its importance in the context of current free trade negotiations.

It wants the Federal Government to push for reduced trade barriers in key export markets to ensure the industry's continued success.

Source: www.abc.net.au

Publication date: 4/4/2012


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