Agriculture in Victoria's Food Bowl


Food Production in the GMID

Agriculture in VictoriaThe Goulburn Murray Irrigation District is one of the most important agricultural areas in Australia, as evidenced by its reputation as Victoria's Food Bowl. With access to water from river systems, in addition to valuable groundwater resources, the region can support a large number of irrigation-based industries, such as dairy, horticulture and viticulture, while also supporting large areas of dryland farming.

The agribusiness sector is supported by a strong service industry, with a large number of transportation, food processing and trade services companies operating in the region. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the gross value of agricultural and horticultural production in the GMID was just over $2.2 billion in 2005-06 and accounted for just under 25% of the value of Victoria's agricultural production.

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GMID Agricultural Contributions

To demonstrate the fertility of the GMID as a Food Bowl, one need only look at its contribution to Victoria's agricultural production and investments across a range of products.

The GMID produces the following percentage of the value of Victoria's agricultural products:

  • 99.9% of Victoria's tomatoes for processing
  • 99% Apricots
  • 98% Nectarines
  • 97% Pears
  • 94% Plums and prunes
  • 93% Limes
  • 93% Olives
  • 91% Peaches
  • 88% Zucchini
  • 84% Garlic
  • 81% Tomatoes
  • 76% Orchard fruit
  • 75% Stone fruit
  • 72% Eggplant
  • 71% Kiwi fruit
  • 57% Apples
  • 52% Carrots
  • 48% Nuts
  • 44% Cherries
  • 42% Pome fruit
  • 66% Plantation fruit
  • 28% Livestock products
  • 28% Pasture, cereal and other crops cut for hay
  • 27% Crops

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