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Budget Paper No.6 1997/98 Northern Territory Economy



Budget Paper No.6 1997/98 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled Papers for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




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table grape crop was sold at interstate markets, although a small quantity of the crop is exported to overseas markets from Sydney. Banana production in 1996 at 3 768 tonnes was 27.4% higher than in 1995 (2 957 tonnes). Also, due to higher prices experienced during the year, the overall industry value increased to $4.3 million (up 44.6%) from $3.0 million in 1995. The value of vegetable production in 1996 is estimated to have increased by about 10% from $4.0 million in 1995 to $4.4 million in 1996. The increase was mainly in Asian vegetables especially snake beans, gourds (or long melons), luffas and bitter melons. An estimated 78% of the value of horticultural production was exported interstate, 7% exported to overseas destinations and 15% was consumed within the Territory during the year. Horticulture Outlook Horticultural production has increased and diversified markedly in recent years, illustrating a progressive realisation of the industrys potential. The Territory enjoys certain comparative advantages due to its ability to supply early season and out of season markets with a range of 0 10 20 30 40 50 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 Nursery and Cut Flowers Bananas Table Grapes Vegetables and Other Fruit Mangoes $ million Source: Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries Horticulture ProductionFigure 10.3 Rural Industries and Fisheries 60

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