Food and Fibre in Central Highlands region of Vic
Every year Australian farmers and fishers produce enough food to feed around 60 million people - far more food than we consume. Australia exports over half of the food it produces yet over 90 per cent of fresh produce sold here is also produced here (National Food Plan White Paper, 2013).
In 2012-13, Victoria accounted for 29 per cent of Australia's total food and fibre exports and was Australia's largest agricultural exporter (Department of Environment and Primary Industries).
Around 8% of Victoria’s agricultural production occurs in the Central Highlands Region.
The Central Highlands region of Victoria has highly productive agricultural land supporting significant horticulture and livestock sectors. Production mainly consists of livestock (mostly sheep), cropping, vegetables and timber. Other industries include a growing organic industry as well as pig and poultry production. The region is well situated with strong connections to Melbourne.
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