Australia’s horticulture industry has long enjoyed a domestic and international reputation as a sustainable producer of premium safe food—primarily due to our high standards across all stages of the supply chain, from farm to consumer, also quite prominent through other Aussie production supply chains.
The majority of the horticulture enterprises consist of small-scale family farms—however, there is a growing trend towards medium to larger scale operations. With farmers from other sectors looking into the rise of nuts into family homes. Australian farmers continue to adjust their operations and adopt new technologies to respond to the opportunities and challenges of agricultural production in Australia including, increased competition from imported fresh and processed produce, market price pressures, challenging or adverse seasonal conditions.
Australia has an advantage due to the selection of climates that allows different species to flourish. The horticulture industry operates in domestic and international markets with the majority heading to Asia. Horticulture is known to be labour intensive and mostly seasonal. The horticulture industry also contributes significantly to the prosperity of people living in rural and regional Australia as in 2012 – 2013 there were approx 56,700 people were employed in Australia to grow fruit, vegetables, and nuts for the domestic and export markets (Australian Food Statistics, 2012-13).
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