Food and fibre industries
Victoria is Australia's largest food and fibre exporting state. The value of food and fibre exported from Victoria increased five per cent in 2012-13 to reach a record $9.4 billion, accounting for 29 per cent of all farm exports from Australia.
In 2012-13 grain was Victoria's most valuable export increasing by 18 per cent to $2.2 billion. Together with strong dairy exports, valued at $1.85 billion, these two industries accounted for 43 per cent of the total value of food and fibre exports in 2012-13. Victorian horticulture exports were also strong, increasing by $121 million or 27 per cent.
Victoria's temperate climate, quality soils, clean water, low input farming systems and skilled and environmentally responsible producers support the state's food and fibre industries. This includes industries and services that support the agriculture, fishers and forestry sectors. It's about what we eat, what we drink, what we wear, what our homes are made of and all the people that help make that possible. In total, the sector employs more than 141,900 Victorians, and accounts for one in six jobs in regional and rural Victoria.
DEPI enables Victoria's agriculture and food sectors to maintain and enhance a reputation for world-class food by sustainably increasing wealth, employment and investment in regional communities.