planted through managed investment schemes between 2003 and 2006. Figures from the annual winegrape crush survey show the 2004 vintage was worth $224 million to winegrape growers in the Murray Valley, which includes Swan Hill. By 2011, falling prices had slashed that figure to $73. 6 million. The value of last year vintage is expected to be similar to the 2012 figure of $108 million.
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It also remains a major player in the wine industry, producing more than 20 per cent of the grapes crushed in Australia, despite the drying off of more than 12,000ha of vineyards and other previously irrigated land in the past five years. is not sustainable to continue to produce wine at less than the cost of production, so many growers will be forced out, he said. vineyards are dried off it very difficult to re establish them. Valley Winegrowers chief executive Mark McKenzie said at least 56 growers had left the industry in the past two years and this was likely to be the last vintage for another 100. Mr McKenzie is in Canberra this week asking the Federal Government to streamline access to social security for growers who don have the funds to continue o.
Major wineries have flagged price cuts of 30 50 per cent for grapes being harvested this season. While the wineries have publicly said they won accept uncontracted grapes, growers say they have been offered as little as $90 a tonne. It costs more than $300 a tonne to grow the grapes. Mildura Development Corporation chief executive Chris Crewther said horticulture was significant to both the regional and national economies in its own right and as a driver for other industries and businesses. MDC figures show the region accounts for 98 per cent of Australia dried grapes, 75 per cent of table grapes, 66 per cent of almonds, 24 per cent of citrus and 13 per cent of carrots.
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