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Horticulture

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources supports Australia’s horticulture industry by providing advice to the Australian Government on market development, opportunities to increase production and consumption, maintaining effective supply chains and the impact biosecurity threats can have on our farmers.

Australian farmers are renowned for their resilience and ability to adapt their production systems to grow safe, premium produce. Australia’s horticulture industry operates in a highly competitive market, both domestically and internationally, and (excluding wine grapes) is Australia’s third largest agricultural industry (behind the meat and grains industries). In 2014–15 the gross value of production is estimated to be $8.73 billion and more than 85 per cent of this production is sold into the domestic market.

Our objective is to assist and facilitate the growth and development of a self-reliant, competitive and innovative Australian horticultural industry in a rapidly evolving global marketplace. Strategies to achieve this include:

  • Development of internationally competitive horticultural supply chains
  • Removal of impediments to export market access, and facilitation of exports
  • Support for industry ownership of key services
  • Assistance with market development projects and programs to increase consumption of horticulture products, and
  • Encouraging innovation along the value chain.

For the horticulture industry to be competitive requires efficient production techniques, sustainable natural resource management, the development of supply and marketing alliances, high quality products and marketing to meet market trends and consumer preferences.

Further information about the horticulture industry in Australia, including industry production and export statistics, can be found in the Horticulture Fact Sheet.

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