Australian vegetable-growing industry survey 2016/17 – Part 1

​The Australian vegetable–growing sector is an important source of food. It supplies most of the fresh vegetables consumed in Australia and provides inputs for the processed vegetable products consumed in Australia or exported.

Around four per cent of all Australian farms grew vegetables for human consumption in 2015-16 (ABS 2017a). Vegetable growing is the fifth–highest value agricultural industry in Australia, accounting for around six per cent of the gross value of agricultural production ($3.6 billion) in 2015/16. Vegetable exports contributed about one per cent ($340 million) of agricultural export income in 2015/16.

The results are for farms included in the Australian vegetable-growing industry survey conducted annually by ABARES since 2007.

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This project is funded by Hort Innovation using the vegetable research and development levy and co-investment from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.