Australian fresh vegetable exports have increased by 11.4 per cent in value in and 15.5 per cent in volume in 2018 thanks to strong demand in Singapore, Japan and Thailand.
Australia’s fresh vegetable exports grew to $281 million last year, with the Singapore export market growing in value by 7.5 per cent, Japan growing by 8.7 per cent and over 54 per cent growth from Thailand.
The total volume of fresh vegetable exports increased to 227,000 tonnes, with increases across most major markets.
Carrots remained the strongest export performer in 2018 at 113,000 tonnes, while potato, onion, celery, broccoli and cauliflower all increased in value and volume last year.
“The continued rise in the value of vegetable exports is particularly impressive when you consider that Australian vegetables are typically lower-priced products that are being grown in a high-cost environment, due to the rising costs of labour, electricity and water. As such, even as they experience vulnerability to fluctuating exchange rates that make it harder for vegetable growers to compete in a global market, our exports continue to build,” said Michael Coote, AUSVEG National Manager – Export Development.
“Despite these challenges, the industry has increased its focus on boosting the value and volume of vegetable exports, with work being undertaken by AUSVEG, Hort Innovation and other groups in building the exporting capability of Australian growers and providing opportunities to build relationships with foreign buyers.”