Australian onion growers bracing for looming domestic oversupply

Onion growers in several of Australia's largest onion growing regions are getting somewhat nervous about a potential oversupply of their goods. Australia's largest production areas are in South Australia and Tasmania. About 37,000 tonnes of onions were exported last year; approximately 15 per cent of the national crop. Unfortunately, that was 100,000 tonnes less than 2019.

The main markets of Europe and South-East Asia continue to suffer extended lockdowns, meaning they are taking even less of the crop. The fallout is that all those onions are destined for the domestic market in a year where most states are harvesting bumper crops.

Tasmanian vegetable grower Cameron Moore: "Looking at our crops it looks like we're going to be above our average yields. It looks like everyone else across the country has been the same." Moore exports about 15 per cent of his crop from his Scottsdale farm in the state's north. "We're a relatively small domestic market. We do rely heavily on exports. With all the woes in shipping, and everyone nervous about COVID outbreaks around the world, it's not looking brilliant."


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