Horticulture

International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021 (#IYFV2021)

The IYFV2021 is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security and health and as well in achieving UN Sustainable Development goals.

A set of playing cards showcasing Australia’s fruits, nuts and vegetables are available for your download here.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment 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) remains Australia’s third largest agricultural industry (behind the meat and grains industries). In 2020–21 the gross value of production has been forecasted by ABARES to be over $12.1 billion, which will strongly contribute to the record $66.3 billion of agricultural production.

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.

Hort Innovation

Hort Innovation Australia Limited (Hort Innovation) is the industry services body for Australia’s horticulture sector, legislated under the Horticulture Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2000 (Cth). Hort Innovation works with industry to invest the funds raised across 37 levies industries in initiatives covering research and development, extension and communication, trade and marketing. As one of Australia’s 15 Rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs), Hort Innovation is tasked with delivering tangible improvements to the horticulture sector through these investments which are matched by the Australian Government. Find more information on the Hort Innovation website.

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Last reviewed: 10 August 2021
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