Food and fibre industries
Victoria is Australia's largest food and fibre exporting state. The value of food and fibre exported from Victoria increased 12 per cent in 2013-14 to reach a record $11.4 billion, accounting for 29 per cent of all farm exports from Australia.
Victoria's temperate climate, quality soils, clean water, low input farming systems and skilled and environmentally responsible producers all help drive the state's food and fibre industries. Another important contributor is the support services sector which provides essential assistance to businesses in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors. It's about what we eat, what we drink, what we wear and all the people that help make that possible. In total, the agriculture and food processing sector employs more than 154,000 Victorians.
The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) 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.