Weather Big Blow to Mid-North Agribusiness

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Weather Big Blow to Mid-North Agribusiness


AGRIBUSINESSES in the Mid-North Coast region have been affected by the adverse weather conditions experienced across Australia in the March quarter, reports the 16th Westpac and Charles Sturt University Agribusiness Index released yesterday.

The survey, now in its fourth year, includes producers, their input suppliers (upstream), and related transport, manufacturing, wholesale and retail (downstream) businesses, which allows comparisons between regions along with state and national results.

Westpac regional manager Scott Leis said agribusinesses on the Mid-North Coast decreased their capital expenditure to 0.06 compared with 0.05 for New South Wales and -0.01 across Australia.

aThe national survey results suggest that all sectors of Australian agribusiness slashed capital expenditure in the March quarter in response to floods in the east mainland states and drought in Western Australia,a Mr Leis said.

aAlthough this brought down the overall economic performance of agribusiness across Australia, agribusinesses in general are confident about the longer-term prospects.

aAgribusinesses in the Mid-North Coast region showed

decreased business confidence, with 66% being confident about their performance over the next 12 months, compared with 78% for the NSW and 76% of businesses nationally.

aAfter hitting the highest ever level in the last survey, taken in September 2010, the economic performance of NSW agribusinesses fell back in all sectors and in most regions in the March 2011 quarter. …

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