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New South Wales posts record agricultural exports

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New South Wales agricultural exports earned a record $6.7 billion in 2015, driven by strong global demand and assisted by the lower Australian dollar.

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Minister for Primary Industries Lands and Water Niall Blair, said the 10 percent increase in NSW agriculture export values last year is a reflection of the efficiency of the state’s primary producers across the state.

“The growth in export values in 2015 is a great indication for the future prospects for the agriculture sector in NSW. We produce some of the world’s highest quality food and fibre and the rest of the world can’t get enough what is produced here in NSW,” Blair said.

“I am determined to continue to improve market access and ensure the NSW Government provides every opportunity to grow the $12 billion primary industries sector, which supports more than 100,000 jobs in regional NSW.”

The highest value exports were beef, wool, cotton and wheat. The biggest mover was legumes, with the strongest percentage growth in 2015 of more than 200 percent to value $250 million.

Wine exports moved into the top five 2015 exports due to the growing demand for NSW wine in key markets - increasing 9 percent to $510 million.

Beef and wool demand remained strong with NSW beef exports bringing $1.7 billion to the state’s economy – an increase of 22 percent or $308 million, and wool an increase of 20 percent or $100 million, to $610 million.

Some of the key export markets included India, Japan, United States, China and South East Asia.

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