Australia’s Horticulture Production Exceeds A$15bn
According to Hort Innovation, the value of Australia’s horticulture sector grew by 4.5 per cent in 2019/20 (12 months to 30 June 2020) despite challenges such as COVID-19 and bushfires.
The industry body has released its latest Horticulture Statistics Handbook, which showed the value of the sector rose from A$14.4bn (US$11.1bn) in 2018/19 to A$15.1bn (US$11.6bn) in 2019/20, despite a production volume decreasing by 1.5 per cent.
The data showed consumers still chose Australian produce despite price increases. Nuts and apples were two products that saw significant growth.
Nuts have performed extremely well again, having grown by A$221m (US$170m), one-third of the total growth in horticulture value. Almonds continued their expansion, with value growth of 14 per cent, while macadamias bounced back from a tough 2018/19 to experience a value growth of 26 per cent,” said Briggs.
Apples have had two years of double-digit value growth (10 per cent and 13 per cent), despite two years of slight reductions in volume due to seasonal conditions.
The Horticulture Statistics Handbook provides growers and industry bodies with important data for government, researchers and decision-makers to support policy formation and contribute to a greater understanding of the broader industry.
Please click here to access the Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook.