Australian Bureau of Statistics
7121.0.55.002 - Agricultural Survey, Apples and Pears, Australia, 2004-05
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Agricultural Survey: Apples and Pears, Australia, Final, 2004-05
Final estimates for 2004-05 show the number of pear trees increased by 4% from the previous year to 2.1 million. An increase in trees numbers of 5% in Victoria, which is by far the largest pear grower with 1.7 million trees (or 81% of the national total) and a smaller increase in Tasmania were partly offset by falls in all other states.
The production of pears increased by 7% from the previous year to 151,400 tonnes in 2004-05. Increases in production were reported in all states except New South Wales and Western Australia.
The four most common varieties of pears produced in Australia in 2004-05 were:
Apples and Pears sent for processing
The quantity of apples sent for processing in 2004-05 increased by 55% to 61,400 tonnes, after the poor season in the previous year. Victoria and New South Wales recorded the largest quantity of apples sent for processing, with 21,200 tonnes and 18,800 tonnes respectively.
The quantity of pears sent for processing in 2004-05 increased by 13% to 61,600 tonnes. Victoria recorded the largest quantity of pears sent for processing with 58,900 tonnes.
Cool storage capacity
The cool storage capacity of apple and pear growers in 2004-05 rose by 3% from the previous year to 310,800 tonnes. Victoria recorded the largest capacity with 152,600 tonnes followed by Tasmania with 49,700 tonnes and New South Wales with 43,600 tonnes.
(State data are available on request.)
Table 1: Apples(a)
(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)
(b) Yield represents the quantity of fruit produced per tree of bearing age, i.e. 6 years and over.
Table 3: Apples and Pears sent for processing(a)
Table 4: Cool storage capacity(a)
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