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Western Australia produced 129 046 tonnes of fruit in 2015–16, worth $477 million. This was a 62% increase in the value of the industry in a five-year period, driven by strong growth in sales to eastern states and overseas markets. Production expansion in the fruit industry is being led by continued growth of the avocado sector, which was worth an estimated $193m in 2015–16 and now accounts for just over 40% of WA’s total fruit production value. Increased production, WA consumption and demand from the eastern states have led to a 780% increase in the value of avocado sales from WA between 2011–12 and 2015–16. Apples are the biggest crop by quantity and the third biggest by value. Across all fruit sectors there has been a rising trend in export values, which increased 115% between 2007 and 2017 in real terms (after accounting for inflation). Strong sales of strawberries have been a major contributing factor. WA exported $38m worth of fruits in 2017. Of this total, strawberries accounted for 67%, worth $25 million and 3509 tonnes in sales. Strawberries command the state’s biggest fruit export market share and global sales are increasing. But, despite the rising trend in exports, the real export price of strawberries fell in 2016 and 2017
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Fruit, Western Australia, Production, Export, Import, Trend
Radhakrishnan, M, and Prince, R. (2019), Snapshot and trends in the production and overseas trade of fruits from Western Australia. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4902.
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