Farm cash income remains steady for vegetable growers

22 November 2019

The average farm cash income of Australian vegetable growers remained largely unchanged at an estimated $253,000 per farm according to the latest Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) data.

Australian vegetable-growing farms: an economic survey 2017–18 and 2018–19 revealed the average rate of return of Australian vegetable growing farms is estimated to have remained steady at 3.9 per cent, said ABARES Acting Executive Director, Peter Gooday.

“Rates of return were above average in all states except Queensland in 2018–19. South Australia is estimated to have had the highest average rate of return, followed by Victoria and Tasmania.

“The survey found that total vegetable receipts increased slightly in 2018–19 but were offset by higher cash costs, particularly hired labour and contracts,” Mr Gooday said.

“The financial performance of farms across the sector is heavily influenced by seasonal conditions.

“In 2017–18, rainfall was well below average across most vegetable growing regions. An estimated 26 per cent of vegetable growers in Queensland reported drought conditions while a small number of growers in the Far North Coast region of New South Wales had been affected by flooding.”

ABARES has conducted an annual survey of vegetable-growing businesses since 2007 to inform industry and government about farm-level production, and provide a financial overview of the industry.

This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the Vegetable Fund research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government.

Hort Innovation is the grower owned not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.

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Last reviewed: 22 November 2019
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