DEMAND for Australian-grown produce has increased on the global market, agriculture minister David Littleproud says.
Mr Littleproud cited the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resources Economics and its Food demand in Australia report to make his point.
According to the report, Australia’s food exports have increased 6.5% a year in value since 2009-10 to $39n in 2016-17.
Mr Littleproud said a key driver to Australia’s increasing food production was the government’s commitment to opening up new export markets.
“Food exports, including crop and livestock based foods, have increased strongly over the past decade,” he said.
“Australian farmers are benefitting from the Coalition government’s Free Trade Agreements with China, Japan and Korea and can look forward to better market access under the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.”