Tasmanian Food OpportunitiesGovernment Initiatives
Industry Profiles and Productivity Tools
Tasmania is an ideal place for quality food production and offers a tremendous lifestyle for those who choose to locate to Australia's island state.
There are many investment and trade development opportunities in most of Tasmania's food, agriculture and fisheries industries sectors.
A mild climate, high quality water, fertile soils, four distinct seasons, isolation and clean atmosphere provide Tasmania with an edge to produce pure, high quality products in a sustainable manner. Our relatively late ripening season and geographic location enables primary producers to export fresh produce to Northern Hemisphere markets when local produce is out-of-season and to capture the late end of markets in the Southern Hemisphere. These advantages are backed up by Tasmania's relative pest and disease free status.
Tasmanian is one of the few states that has significant irrigation development projects underway. Through a funding commitment of $400 m from the Tasmanian and Australian governments and the private sector, there is a large increase underway in irrigation capacity in Tasmanian agriculture. Currently there are some 15 projects in consideration. Tasmanian Irrigation also manages the State's existing irrigation infrastructure including the Meander, Cole River and the Cressy/Longford irrigation schemes.
Commitment to research development and extension is delivered through the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), which is bringing together the expertise and resources of the University and the Government. Tasmania is a leader in the approach of creating centres of excellence to ehance innovation and productivity in the agricultural sector.
Economic Development Plan
The Tasmanian Government recognises the importance of food, agriculture and fisheries to the Tasmanian economy and aims to strengthen that contribution through a range of initiatives in the Economic Development Plan.
Wealth from Water
The Tasmanian Government's recent Wealth from Water Pilot Program aimed to assist farmers and potential investors to develop their irrigation businesses and help make the transition to growing the high-value crops best suited to their area.
Rural and Marine Industry Profiles are a comprehensive guide to Tasmania's animal, plant, fisheries and organics industries.
Food Industry ScoreCards
- Tasmania's Natural Advantage
- Fruitful Island
- Seafood Island
- Tasmanian Produce - Vegetables
Tasmanian Regions is a quarterly magazine, focusing on rural and regional issues, published by DPIPWE. It is free to subscribers and includes news and features about farmers, rural and regional projects and innovations in agriculture. There is a section for columns from organisations such as the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Tasmanian Women in Agriculture and the Bureau of Meteorology. Up-to-date information is also included from the Extensive Agriculture, Dairy and Vegetable and Horticulture Branches of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE ).
For producers, potential producers and general foodies!
The Department of Economic Development website: www.development.tas.gov.au includes:
Brand Tasmania - The Council works with industry to heighten the profile, quality and value of Tasmanian products and services in the marketplace. See: www.brandtasmania.com.
Tourism Tasmania's Discover Tasmania website: www.discovertasmania.com.au includes:
Seasonal Work - Harvest Trail: jobsearch.gov.au/HarvestTrail.
|Map of Tasmania: Click on the map to see a larger map of Tasmania. More detailed maps are also available on The List.|
Tasmanian weather information - Bureau of Meteorology: www.bom.gov.au/weather/tas.
See also: Other Useful Links - Food & Agriculture.
Contact: Tasmanian Food OpportunitiesDepartment of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 368 550