Agricultural exports totalled $849.8 million in the first 10 months of the year, fully 72 percent more than the $495.3m. worth of fresh produce exported in the same period of 2003, the Agriculture Ministry said Wednesday.
Since the same period of 2004, agricultural exports grew more than 18%, with fruit exports alone doubling to $132m. from $66m. Citrus exports rose 47% since last year.
Total agricultural production is predicted to remain stable at about NIS 17.6 billion in 2005, with the 1% growth of vegetable production offset by a 1.6% drop in the animal sector.