Horticulture has potential to grow
QUEENSLAND’S second largest agricultural industry has enormous potential to grow, with the $1.9 billion horticulture industry is only using under 0.1 per cent of the land area.
Growcom said a land audit showed 7.5 per cent of the state’s land area is classified suitable for perennial horticulture, such as tree crops and almost 13 per cent suitable for annual horticulture such as vegetables.
The industry is currently recovering from the ex- cyclones that passed through, escalating costs of water and electricity, the high Australian dollar, the effects of supermarkets and regulatory obligations.
The report suggests investment in Queensland’s horticultural industry could be the easiest, most efficient and less environmentally damaging way to boost food production in line with the Queensland Government’s goal to double the value of production by 2040.