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Only carrot exports defied the decline

Australian vegetable export value declines second year in a row

The value of Australian vegetable exports dropped for the second year in a row in 2020/21. According to last month's Rural Bank Australian agricultural trade 2020/21 report, vegetable exports decreasing by $6.6 million (down 2.2 per cent) to $288.6 million. The general decline was attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with shipping disruptions and logistical issues which led to an increase in shipping costs.

Rural Bank regional manager agribusiness - South Australia and Northern Territory Neil Verringer said despite strong vegetable production across most of Australia in 2020/21, the value and quantity of all major vegetable exports declined, with the exception of carrots.

Carrot exports defied the decline by increasing by $6.3 million (up 6.9pc) to $97.4 million in 2020/21. quoted the report: "This was driven by a 4.7pc increase in export volume and 2.1pc increase in average export prices thanks to a spike in consumers preparing meals at home following the downturn in the global foodservice industry throughout the back half of 2020.”

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