The importance of agriculture to the economy is more marked in Tasmania than in any other state. It accounts for five per cent of gross state product (GSP) and seven per cent of state employment.
The big two in terms of production are milk and potatoes, together worth about $450 million a year, almost 50 per cent of total agricultural production, but we have twice as many specialist beef cattle farms as dairy farms and three times the national average in the number of vegetable farms.
Plus Tasmania crushes an estimated 9000 tonnes of grapes a year. We grow truffles. We grow garlic. We grow cherries for the Japanese market and we still have the best apple growers in the world.
That is why we seek to protect this Garden of Eden.