BILLINGS, Australia — Australia’s new-found popularity of a single baked potato is raising a whole lot of questions about the nutritional value of the staple crop.
A report by Australia’s Agriculture Department this week found the average cost of one kilogram of berry fodder costs $6.50 and the average price of a kilogram to produce a kilo of potatoes has more than doubled since 1996.
The report also said the price of Australian potatoes is set to fall by a third within five years.
Australia has seen a boom in demand for its berry products as farmers around the country have turned to more environmentally friendly methods of farming.
Many Australian farmers are using recycled, non-GMO potatoes and the growing popularity of the berry has been a boon to the industry.
In 2012, the country exported $1.3 billion worth of potatoes to China, up from $800,000 in 2009.
More recently, in 2016, a British dairy company launched a berry crop and a Chinese company is developing a rice-based berry.
However, a report by the Australian Institute of Agri-Food and Rural Affairs said there was a lot of uncertainty around the nutritional quality of bannock, the fruit that goes with it.
It said the nutritional content of bunnies is often unclear because of differences in processing methods.
There is little research on how many people actually eat bannocks, and the Australian government is currently funding a study to find out.
Australian agriculture is still the biggest food producer in the world, accounting for almost 40 per cent of global production, but the government wants to see more research done to understand what actually goes into producing bannocking.
An official at the Department of Agriculture said the government was working to increase the availability of bollards on farms to prevent the spread of pests, as well as other improvements to the way bollocks are produced.
Bollards are made of plastic and can be removed from the field and stored.
They are designed to be attached to a fence and then removed when the field is clear.