Australian Horticulture Statistics released

The latest edition of the Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook is live and includes improved functionality and user preferences.

The handbook features data on more than 70 horticultural products including fruit, nuts, vegetables, nursery, turf and cut flowers.

Data shows that in 2018/19, the horticulture sector recorded its highest production value to date.

Value of produce

The sector has experienced seven years of consecutive growth, according to the statistics.

Results by category show that in the fruit sector, the value of berries and citrus accounted for nearly one third (32%) of the total value of fruit in 2018/19.

The value of the vegetable category increased by nearly 9% to reach a value of $4.7 billion in 2018/19. Potatoes were the most valuable vegetable product at $752.6 million.

All hale almonds

Almonds were the highest-valued horticulture product overall, achieving a record export value of $675 million.

Almonds and macadamias also accounted for 89% of the total value of nut production in 2018/19, up from 85% in the previous year.

New features

“The new interface allows users to dynamically select products ‘on demand’ and perform a greater range of timeseries analysis on the data which now dates back seven years to 2012/13,” says Hort Innovation’s Head of Data and Insights, Adam Briggs.

“These additional features mean that our stakeholders have more horticulture statistics available at their fingertips so they can remain informed and make the best decision for the success of their business.

“Hort Innovation is excited to launch this new iteration and will continue to develop the data,” concludes Mr Briggs.

To access Hort Innovation’s Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook, visit horticulture.com.au/hortstats.

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