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7111.0.55.002 - Agricultural Survey, Apples and Pears, Australia, Preliminary, 2004-05  
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Agricultural Survey: Apples and Pears, Australia, Preliminary 2004-05

Apples

Preliminary estimates indicate an improvement on the previous drought affected year. The number of apple trees increased by 5% from the previous year to 11 million in 2004-05. An increase in tree numbers was reported in the main growing state of Victoria, up by 16% to 4.1 million trees and in Tasmania, up by 6% to 1.5 million trees and in South Australia, up by 5% to 1.4 million trees.

The production of apples increased by 30% from the previous year to 330,200 tonnes in 2004-05. Favourable conditions were experienced by growers in most states with some reporting significant production increases from the previous year. Victoria, the main producing state, reported a substantial increase with apple production up 50% to 126,000 tonnes. New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia also reported significant increases with production up by between 33 and 46 percent.

Pears

Preliminary estimates showed the number of pear trees remained stable at 2.0 million in 2004-05. Pear tree numbers in Victoria, the main growing state, were unchanged at 1.6 million trees.

The production of pears increased by 5% from the previous year to 149,750 tonnes in 2004-05. Victoria remained by far the largest producing state with an increase of 6% in the production of pears, up to 131,700 tonnes.


Table 1: Apples(a)


Australia

2005p

2003
2004
2005p
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT

NUMBER OF TREES ('000)
Trees under 1 year
365
253
310
48
96
15
69
19
63
nc
-
Trees 1 to 3 years
1 455
1 368
1 307
201
591
111
195
79
131
nc
-
Trees 4 years and over
8 391
8 885
9 431
1 849
3 416
805
1 177
896
1 286
nc
2
Total number of trees
10 211
10 505
11 048
2 098
4 102
931
1 441
994
1 480
nc
3

PRODUCTION OF FRUIT (fresh weight) ('000 t)
Total production
326
255
330
66
126
25
29
34
49
nc
-
Yield (kg/tree)(b)
39
29
35
35
37
31
25
38
38
nc
15

- zero or rounded to zero
nc not collected
p preliminary
(a) Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
(b) Yield represents the quantity of fruit produced per tree of bearing age, i.e. 4 years and over.

Table 2: Pears (including nashi)(a)

Australia

2005p

2003
2004
2005p
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT

NUMBER OF TREES ('000)
Trees under 1 year
87
38
43
1
32
-
3
5
1
nc
-
Trees 1 to 5 years
268
297
279
1
200
11
20
41
6
nc
-
Trees 6 years and over
1 667
1 724
1 732
26
1 409
16
96
162
22
nc
-
Total number of trees
2 022
2 059
2 054
28
1 641
28
119
209
29
nc
-

PRODUCTION OF FRUIT (fresh weight) ('000 t)
Total production
140
142
150
1
132
1
7
9
1
nc
-
Yield (kg/tree)(b)
84
82
86
27
93
44
71
56
37
nc
21

- zero or rounded to zero
nc not collected
p preliminary
(a) Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
(b) Yield represents the quantity of fruit produced per tree of bearing age, i.e. 6 years and over.



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