Another bumper year backs good jobs in Queensland agriculture
Published Friday, 14 October, 2022 at 03:15 PM
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner
Queensland agriculture, fisheries and forestry continues to deliver good jobs for the economy, with the value of production topping $23 billion for the second year in a row.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said that the outlook for Queensland’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector was strong, with ongoing bumper crop harvests and high commodity prices in 2022-23.
“The sector has started to recover from the extremely wet start to the winter cropping season with late plantings in South West and Central Queensland, but reports strong yield potentials leading into spring,” Mr Furner said.
“Recent high rainfall has replenished water storage and soil moisture levels supporting near record plantings.
“Increased soybean plantings combined with favourable conditions has seen the sector soar, with the highest recorded Queensland soybean crop valued at over $50 million, a 125% increase from 2021-22.
“Sugar is also expecting a bumper crop this year with strong prices and output more than offsetting reductions in sugar content.”
“The gross value of milk production increased by 14 per cent, reflecting increased contract milk prices, while wool production was up 6 per cent.”
Mr Furner recognised that while the industry faced added pressures of extreme weather and biosecurity threats, the agility of the sector ensured the outlook remained strong.
“It is encouraging to see that even though domestic restocking demand has eased and there is a heightened alert for biosecurity threats facing livestock demand, prices for our largest commodity are still holding firm,” he said.
“In good news for consumers, horticulture has bounced back from the effects of flooding last year and despite increased costs of production, Queenslanders can expect to see ample supplies of quality Queensland fresh produce this year.”
For details of all Queensland AgTrends commodity forecasts for 2022-23 visit https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/strategic-direction/datafarm
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