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In 2010/11, the total value of agricultural output in Cairns was $84m, which decreased from $96m in 2005/06. The largest commodity produced was Broadacre crops, which accounted for 63.9% of Cairns’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 Unpublished figures are included in totals and subtotals.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

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Value of agricultural production
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$%Queensland%Cairns as a % of Queensland$%Queensland%Cairns as a % of Queensland2005/06 to 2010/11
Cereal crops4630.07.40.0----5.2----
Broadacre crops53,953,89163.918.83.051,965,44054.116.23.7+1,988,451
Nurseries & cut flowers11,504,65213.63.13.919,258,24420.03.46.5-7,753,592
Crops for hay----1.2------1.3----
Citrus Fruit19,0540.01.40.071,2400.11.10.1-52,186
Grapes (wine and table)----0.3------0.4----
Other Fruit17,361,63220.66.92.623,570,05824.58.53.2-6,208,426
Livestock slaughterings1,046,5071.243.20.01,084,3511.147.40.0-37,844

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, Queensland: 7.4% Broadacre crops, Queensland: 18.8% Nurseries & cut flowers, Queensland: 3.1% Crops for hay, Queensland: 1.2% Vegetables, Queensland: 11.6% Citrus Fruit, Queensland: 1.4% Grapes (wine and table), Queensland: 0.3% Other Fruit, Queensland: 6.9% Nuts, Queensland: 0.5% Wool, Queensland: 1.2% Milk, Queensland: 2.7% Eggs, Queensland: 1.6% Livestock slaughterings, Queensland: 43.2% Cereal crops, Cairns: 0.0% Broadacre crops, Cairns: 63.9% Nurseries & cut flowers, Cairns: 13.6% Vegetables, Cairns: 0.5% Citrus Fruit, Cairns: 0.0% Other Fruit, Cairns: 20.6% Nuts, Cairns: 0.1% Milk, Cairns: 0.0% Eggs, Cairns: 0.0% Livestock slaughterings, Cairns: 1.2%
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, Cairns - Copy: +1,988,451 Nurseries & cut flowers, Cairns - Copy: -7,753,592 Vegetables, Cairns - Copy: +286,480 Citrus Fruit, Cairns - Copy: -52,186 Other Fruit, Cairns - Copy: -6,208,426 Nuts, Cairns - Copy: +40,402 Eggs, Cairns - Copy: -10,980 Livestock slaughterings, Cairns - Copy: -37,844
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, 2010-11. Cat. No. 7503.0