Growing Regions - Tasmania
Australia’s Island Orchard
Premium quality fruit produced in one of the world’s few remaining pristine environments. Seasonal advantage, allowing high quality fresh fruit to Northern Hemisphere markets when local production is not available.
A cohesive industry represented by Fruit Growers Tasmania Inc to ensure quality production and standards.
As an island, Tasmania has a natural quarantine advantage and is recognised nationally and internationally for Area Freedom status for Fruit Fly. The State moratorim on GM means Tasmania is also GM-free.
Tasmanian Industry Facts
50-60 apple growing families in Tasmania.
The industry has a gross value of $40-50M. Tasmania exports apples to over 20 countries. Tasmania produces approximately 55,000 Tonnes of apples.
Tasmania accounts for 18 percent of the total Australian production and 65 percent of total Australian exports.
Fruit Growers Tasmania Inc is a non-profit industry association representing Tasmanian growers. There are approximately 50-60 apple growers in the State with around 90 percent members of FGT.
FGT's operations are funded by a voluntary carton levy paid by growers and collected on the Association's behalf by the carton suppliers.
Additional funds for promotion, market development activities, training etc are generated by FGT activities; from the national compulsory levy which is collected by the Horticulture Australia Ltd (HAL) and other R&D funding sources.
The first apple tree was planted in Tasmania by Captain Bligh in the 1700’s. Apples were among the first crops introduced to Tasmania by the early settlers. These were initially planted around the homesteads as "house orchards", being part of a near subsistence economy. From the 1820s, onwards an ever increasing surplus was exported to new English settlements throughout Australia. Tasmania became known as the “Apple Isle” and it is known internationally as the “Apple Isle”.
Today’s Apple Industry
The bulk of Tasmania's apples are now grown in the Huon district (83 percent) south of Hobart. The remainder are produced in the Spreyton (10 percent) and Tamar (7 percent) districts. Between 30 and 35 percent of the total crop is exported overseas - the main markets being Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines. Another 20 - 25 percent is sold interstate (mainly Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne). A further 15 percent of the crop is consumed in Tasmania with the remainder utilised for processing.