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Agricultural Survey: Apples and Pears, Australia, Final, 2002-03
Final estimates for 2002-03 show the number of pear trees increased by 11% to 2.0 million. The increase was driven by the largest producing state, Victoria, which recorded a 15% increase in the number of pear trees, up to 1.6 million.
The production of pears decreased by 5% from the previous year to 139,700 tonnes in 2002-03. This was mainly due to lower yields in Victoria.
The four most common varieties of pears produced in Australia in 2002-03 were:
Apples and Pears sent for processing
The quantity of apples sent for processing in 2002-03 rose by 23% from the previous year to 70,600 tonnes. Victoria recorded the largest quantity of apples sent for processing with 29,000 tonnes followed by New South Wales with 18,300 tonnes.
The quantity of pears sent for processing in 2002-03 decreased by 10% from the previous year to 54,800 tonnes. Victoria recorded the largest quantity of pears sent for processing by far with 52,100 tonnes.
Cool storage capacity
The cool storage capacity of apple and pear growers in 2002-03 rose by 2% from the previous year to 286,900 tonnes. Victoria recorded the largest capacity at 140,600 tonnes followed by New South Wales at 44,700 tonnes.
Table 1: Apples(a)
Table 2: Pears (including nashi)(a)
Table 3: Apples and Pears sent for processing(a)
Table 4: Cool storage capacity(a)
n.c. = not collected
(a) Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
1 This electronic publication contains final estimates of apples and pears data for the 2003 season, and comparative data for earlier years. The collection gathers information on apple and pear tree numbers and production levels by variety and age category. Details of processing production and 'on farm' storage capacity area are also sought.
Scope and coverage
2 Estimates in this publication are based on information obtained from the Apples and Pears collection. This is now conducted as a separate collection that complements the Agricultural Census/Survey. The questionnaire is sent to all respondents reporting apple and/or pear trees in the Agricultural Survey or who have been previously flagged on the ABS Business Register as apple or pear (including nashi) growers.
3 The scope of the collection is all establishments that undertake apple and pear growing regardless of the relative size of their estimated value of agricultural operations (EVAO).
4 As far as possible, consistent data item definitions are used between repeats of this collection. However, statistics from the Apples and Pears collection are related to, but are not comparable with those collected in the Agricultural Census/Survey, due to the difference in the scope of the collections.
5 The estimates for 2001 and 2002 shown in this publication have been revised where necessary.
6 Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
ABS data available on request
7 As well as the statistics included in this and related publications, the ABS may have other relevant data available on request. Inquiries should be made to either Gordon Cameron on Hobart 03 6222 5939 or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
8 ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated. Without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.
9 A range of agricultural publications is produced by the ABS, including:
Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 7111.0)
Agricultural Commodities, Australia (cat. no. 7121.0)
Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0)
10 Estimates of production from the Apples and Pears collection are used to derive value of agricultural commodities produced (VACP) data. Related statistics can be found in the following publications:
Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia Preliminary (cat. no. 7501.0)
Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia (cat. no. 7503.0)
11 Current publications and other products released by the ABS are listed in the Catalogue of Publications and Products, Australia (cat. no. 1101.0). The Catalogue is available from any ABS office or the ABS web site. The ABS also issues a daily Release Advice on the web site which details products to be released in the week ahead.
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