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The dairy and meat processing sectors are significant contributors to the Australian economy. It generates employment and export earnings. For example, processed dairy and meat products accounted for 35 per cent of total food exports in 2000. Hence, the growth of the dairy and meat processing sectors is an important issue for Australia.The dairy and meat processing sectors grew annually by 1.47 and 0.37 per cent respectively from 1980 to 1998. A third of the growth in the dairy processing sector arose from productivity gains.Research expenditures, programs such as work place reforms and changes in the exchange rate significantly influenced the productivity changes in the dairy and meat processing sectors.

Keywords: Australia ; dairy processing ; meat processing ; Australian economy ; employment ; export ; food exports

Editor(s): Malcolm, Bill

Wright, Vic

Subject(s): Agribusiness

Consumer/Household Economics

Farm Management

Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety

Food Security and Poverty

International Relations/Trade

Livestock Production/Industries

Production Economics

Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies


Issue Date: 2003

Publication Type: Journal Article

DOI and Other Identifiers: ISSN 1442-6951 (Other)

PURL Identifier: Published in: Australasian Agribusiness Review, Volume 11

JEL Codes: ISSN 1442-6951

Series Statement: Volume 11

Paper 2

Record appears in: University of Melbourne > Melbourne School of Land and Environment > Australasian Agribusiness Review

Autor: Jahan, Nilufar ; Smith, Perry ; Rodriguez, Gil


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