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Australian farm sector to rebound in 2025

Australia’s farm, fisheries, and forestry sectors are set to rebound in 2024-25, following poor seasonal conditions which effected the previous year’s outcomes.

Executive Director of ABARES Jared Greenville said a rebound of up to 6 per cent is predicted, bringing the gross value of Australian farms, fisheries, and forestry to $90.8 billion, the third highest on record.

“The gross value of Australian crops production, as well as livestock and livestock products, are both estimated to increase to $48.7 billion and $36.2 billion respectively,” Greenville said.

“For our livestock production and livestock products industries this is a record high and the result of expected favourable climate conditions and improving prices.

“Above-average summer 2023–24 rainfall and subsequent build-up of soil moisture reserves in eastern Australia is expected to provide a good incentive for planting ahead of the 2024–25 winter crop season,” Greenville said.

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While the 2024–25 outlook is favourable for production, forecasts predict exports will continue to decline.

“In 2023–24 the value of Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry exports is forecast to fall by 13 per cent to $71.6 billion, but this follows the record high the industry experienced the previous year,” Greenville said.

“This decline is expected to continue, with an additional 5 per cent decline expected, leaving the 2024–25 value at $68.1 billion.”

The ABARES Agricultural Commodities Report contains ABARES forecasts for the value, volume, and price of Australia’s agricultural production and exports, as well as forecasts for farm cash incomes.

Estimates include a detailed analysis of 2024–25 and 5-year projections for commodities outlook under two possible scenarios for domestic and global production and macroeconomic conditions.

The Australian Crop Report is released quarterly and includes forecasts for crop area planted, expected yields and production levels in each relevant Australian state.

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