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Friday, 3 December 1976

Mr Sullivan asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(   1 ) Does the Bureau of Agricultural Economics conduct a continuous horticultural survey.

(2)   If so, for how long has it been conducted, what areas of Australia are covered by it, and for what industries and for what years.

(3)   Are there any results available, preliminary, final and published, for the Mumimbidgee Irrigation Area and Mid Murray Area for canning fruit, wine grapes and citrus industries for 1973-74, 1974-75 and 1975-76.

(4)   If so, what figures resulted for growers for the following variables, for those industries and for the years available: (a) income from rice crop, (b) income from other crops, (c) total farm receipts, (d) capital value of farm, (i) including and (ii) excluding land, (e) farm costs for materials, (0 labour and services, (g) total cash costs, (h) family labour costs, (i) total costs (j) depreciation, (k) net farm income, (1) return to capital and management and (m) return to capital and management excluding land.

(5   ) If industry results are not available for these industries, when are they likely to be available.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable members ' question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The Australian Continuous Horticultural Survey commenced in 1 975 covering the Apple and Pear, Multi-purpose Grape and Deciduous Canning Fruit Industries for the years 1973-74 and 1974-75. The Citrus Industry was included in the 1976 phase of the Survey and, should resources be available, the Wine Grape Industry will be incorporated in 1977. Due to reliance on co-operating farmers' taxation records for some financial information, the spread of payments for fruit over more than one year and the non-coincidence of crop years with financial years in some industries, preliminary information only is available for the most recent financial year of each annual survey. This means, for example, that preliminary information was collected for 1974-75 during 1975.

The areas and industries so far covered by the Survey are as below:


(3)   Results are pending for the Mumimbidgee Irrigation Areas and Mid-Murray regions for Deciduous Canning Fruit for the years 1973-74 and 1974-75 and will be conveyed to the Honourable Member as soon as available for the items detailed in Question 4 with the exception of '(a) income from rice crop', where no information is available.

(4)   See answer to (3).

(5)   In addition to (3) above, statistical results for Deciduous Canning Fruit and Citrus for the years 1974-75 and 1975-76 (preliminary) should be available by July 1977. If the Wine Grape Industry is incorporated in the Survey during the 1977 data collection phase, and after allowing for the time taken by accountants to complete their client's annual financial statements and the subsequent collection and processing of this data by the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, then statistical results should be available by July 1978 for the years 1975-76 and 1976-77 (preliminary).

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