Primary industries add to South Australia's economic record

Keeping score: South Australia's primary industries has contributed more than 70 per cent to the state's economy in 2017-18.
Keeping score: South Australia's primary industries has contributed more than 70 per cent to the state's economy in 2017-18.

Growth in primary industries contributed $14.8 billion to South Australia's economic record of $20.3 billion in 2017-18.

The Primary Industries Scorecard revealed a 2 per cent growth on the previous year in the performance of grains, livestock, horticulture, wine, seafood, forestry, dairy, forestry, wool, skins, seeds and animal feed sectors.

Minister for Primary Industries Tim Whetstone said even though seasonal conditions impacted production, there was an increase in local retail sales. “Our primary industries are the state’s largest export sector, accounting for over half of the state’s merchandise exports, and a major employer, particularly in regional South Australia," Mr Whetstone said.

“The wool industry was highlighted in the scorecard as a particularly strong performer thanks to record prices this year and demand from China continuing to increase.

“We’ve also seen positive growth from the state’s wine, dairy and forestry industries."