FARM exports through Victorian ports increased 19 per cent last year.
Victorian agriculture and food security minister Peter Walsh said Department of Primary Industries' data showed food and fibre exports from Victorian ports jumped $1.3 billion to reach $8.07 billion in 2010-11.
"What is most pleasing is that our exports have increased during a difficult economic time, when the Australian dollar reached parity with the US dollar," Mr Walsh said."The end of the drought and strong commodity prices, together with new access to the Indian market for Australian dairy farmers, are the key factors in an exceptionally strong showing for Victorian food and fibre producers."
Victoria made up 86 per cent of the value of Australia's dairy exports, while the value of grain exports jumped from $442 million to $1.13 billion.
The report found fibre exports including wool, skins and hides, through Victorian ports were valued at about $1.77 billion.
Mr Walsh said a total of 412,000 tonnes of meat products worth about $1.66 billion were also exported.