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The Hills Shire

Agriculture

In 2010/11, the total value of agricultural output in The Hills Shire was $37m, which decreased from $55m in 2005/06. The largest commodity produced was Nurseries & cut flowers, which accounted for 61.8% of The Hills Shire’s total agricultural output in value terms.

Agricultural production is a very important contributor to Australia's economy, and is a key industry in many rural and regional areas, as well as some outer metropolitan areas.

The data presented here are sourced from the five yearly Agricultural Census, run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The data show the gross value of agricultural commodities in broad categories, measured across two Agricultural Census periods.

The type of agricultural production in an area depends on geographic, climatic, environmental and economic factors. Certain locations specialise in different rural industries. For instance, rural areas close to cities often have large production of intensive horticulture, while orchards may be prevalent in irrigated areas near major rivers, and cereal crops in dry-land farming areas. Production can also vary over time due to environmental factors like droughts, cost of production and price of commodities.

These data can help to plan for changes in the agriculture sector, and impacts on local communities, as well as showcasing the agricultural production of an area.

Please note, that the ABS does not publish figures for some agricultural commodities in some areas, to protect the confidentiality of individual farming businesses. Where the table shows a "--" that figure has not been published, and is unavailable. Unpublished figures are included in totals and subtotals.

Agriculture value data should be viewed in conjunction with the Industry Sector Analysis page for the Agriculture sector, which has modelled estimates of the size of the industry on an annual basis. The Employment Locations page will show where agricultural activity is taking place and the Workforce Profiles section will reveal the characteristics of agricultural workers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) - Value of Agricultural Commodities Produce 2010-2011

PLEASE NOTE: The data presented on this page is based on the previous boundary and has not been adjusted to align with the new LGA boundary that came into effect on 12th May 2016. Work to align the data to the new boundary is currently underway.

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Value of agricultural production
The Hills Shire2010/112005/06Change
Commodity
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
$%New South Wales%The Hills Shire as a % of New South Wales$%New South Wales%The Hills Shire as a % of New South Wales2005/06 to 2010/11
Cereal crops----30.0------25.5----
Broadacre crops300.016.00.02,7100.09.80.0-2,680
Nurseries & cut flowers22,582,17761.82.77.232,145,89358.53.99.1-9,563,716
Crops for hay17,2280.02.40.018,2260.03.90.0-998
Vegetables6,459,97617.73.81.514,674,70826.74.04.0-8,214,732
Citrus Fruit518,9751.40.90.5102,2240.21.50.1+416,751
Grapes (wine and table)6,0040.01.50.05,6170.03.00.0+387
Other Fruit876,1362.42.40.3942,8831.73.30.3-66,747
Nuts----0.6------0.9----
Wool----7.3--4690.07.70.0--
Milk11,4260.04.30.013,1810.04.50.0-1,755
Eggs248,1550.71.70.12,959,2815.41.22.7-2,711,126
Livestock slaughterings5,831,76716.026.30.24,094,6367.530.60.1+1,737,131

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, 2010-11 . Cat. No. 7503.0

Value of agricultural production 2010/11
Value of agricultural production 2010/11 Cereal crops, New South Wales: 30.0% Broadacre crops, New South Wales: 16.0% Nurseries & cut flowers, New South Wales: 2.7% Crops for hay, New South Wales: 2.4% Vegetables, New South Wales: 3.8% Citrus Fruit, New South Wales: 0.9% Grapes (wine and table), New South Wales: 1.5% Other Fruit, New South Wales: 2.4% Nuts, New South Wales: 0.6% Wool, New South Wales: 7.3% Milk, New South Wales: 4.3% Eggs, New South Wales: 1.7% Livestock slaughterings, New South Wales: 26.3% Broadacre crops, The Hills Shire: 0.0% Nurseries & cut flowers, The Hills Shire: 61.8% Crops for hay, The Hills Shire: 0.0% Vegetables, The Hills Shire: 17.7% Citrus Fruit, The Hills Shire: 1.4% Grapes (wine and table), The Hills Shire: 0.0% Other Fruit, The Hills Shire: 2.4% Milk, The Hills Shire: 0.0% Eggs, The Hills Shire: 0.7% Livestock slaughterings, The Hills Shire: 16.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, 2010-11. Cat. No. 7503.0
Change in value of agricultural production, 2005/06 to 2010/11
Change in value of agricultural production, 2005/06 to 2010/11 Broadacre crops, The Hills Shire - Copy: -2,680 Nurseries & cut flowers, The Hills Shire - Copy: -9,563,716 Crops for hay, The Hills Shire - Copy: -998 Vegetables, The Hills Shire - Copy: -8,214,732 Citrus Fruit, The Hills Shire - Copy: +416,751 Grapes (wine and table), The Hills Shire - Copy: +387 Other Fruit, The Hills Shire - Copy: -66,747 Milk, The Hills Shire - Copy: -1,755 Eggs, The Hills Shire - Copy: -2,711,126 Livestock slaughterings, The Hills Shire - Copy: +1,737,131
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, 2010-11. Cat. No. 7503.0
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