AUSTRALIAN farm exports are forecast to rise 6 per cent to $34.5 billion in 2011-12.
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences acting deputy executive director Terry Sheales said demand for agricultural products in the Asian region was expected to stay strong despite a slowdown in the world economy.
Australia exported more than 60 per cent of its farm exports to the Asian region in 2010-11.
Favourable prices will be part of the attraction to Australian agricultural products, he said.
Earnings for wheat, barley, canola, rice, raw cotton, sugar, beef, veal and sheep meat are tipped to rise.
Should favourable cropping conditions continue, crop production is tipped to increase by 6 per cent, while livestock and livestock products are forecast to rise 2 per cent.
In total, Australian agricultural, fisheries and forestry exports are forecast to reach $38.4 billion in 2011-12, an increase of about 6 per cent from $38.1 billion in 2010-11.