Vegetable trade deficitThis article was originally published in Foodnews
AUSTRALIA's vegetable trade deficit has risen to A$384 million (US$330 million), up from A$95 million in 2004/05, according to official figures. The increase is mostly in processed (frozen and canned) vegetables: imports from China hit A$110 million this financial year, up from A$46 million in 2004/05. Processed Chinese vegetables jumped to A$40.3 million from A$18.8 million over the same period while frozen Chinese imports surged to A$38 million from A$10.9 million. Processed potato imports went from A$65 million in 2007/08 to A$109 million in 2008/09 with New Zealand and Canada increasing their market penetration.