The Tasmanian fruit industry was the State’s leading growth driver for the food agriculture sector in 2020-21, increasing in value by an astounding 45%. At over $400 million, fruit is now the third largest agricultural industry. The farm gate value of our berry sector led the way growing by 63% in 2020-21. Berries at $209 million are now the biggest crop grown in Tasmania, taking over from potatoes. They also now have a greater farm gate value than the state’s lamb and mutton sector.
Fruit Growers Tasmania has released the election commitments it has sought from the parties contesting the Federal Election.
Tasmania’s fruit industry has to overcome a range of challenges, and those challenges have been highlighted to FGT by growers and exporters. That is why Fruit Growers Tasmania is seeking a range of commitments to policy and support this federal election.
Fruit Growers Tasmania has welcomed the announcement by the Australian Labor Party to commit to the investment of $60 million to upgrade Hobart Airport to allow for long-distance freight and wide-body international flights. A commitment to the Hobart Airport upgrade was one of the key commitments Fruit Growers Tasmania sought from parties in the lead up to the Federal Election.
Fruit Growers Tasmania welcomes the Australian and Tasmania Governments’ announcement to approve disaster assistance for hail affected Huon Valley fruit growers. It is understood that recovery grants of up to $10,000 will be made available to support primary producers impacted by the storm.
Fruit Growers Tasmania welcomes the federal government’s recently announced measures to provide incentives for fully vaccinated Student and Working Holiday Makers to come to Australia to help address current workforce shortages caused by COVID‑19.