Horticulture

Victoria is Australia’s major exporter of horticultural products with exports valued at $1.2 billion in 2017-18 accounting for an increase of $47 million from 2016-17.

Melbourne’s world-class port and transport infrastructure allows efficient export to international customers. Fresh and dried fruit are the highest value export category and almonds are Victoria’s single most valuable horticultural export.

Accounting for more than half of Australia's horticulture exports, Victoria's agribusiness is recognised internationally for producing some of the world's cleanest, greenest and premium food products – supported by complete traceability of our production and supply chain.

Our diverse horticultural sector covers a wide geographical spread and product range, providing opportunities for consumers around the world to enjoy Victorian fresh produce, in particular premium produce such as table grapes, citrus, summer-fruit, cherries, olives, almonds, apples and pears.

Supported by a skilled workforce

Victoria has a number of world-class universities teaching specialised courses, educating and upskilling the workforce on advanced horticultural production.

Emerging crops

Victoria’s innovative agriculture and food industries are constantly generating new opportunities, such as medicinal cannabis, native herbs, truffles, and ready-to-cook meals. There is also potential for significant growth in the export of fresh products to Asian markets.

In 2015 and 2015, Victoria exported 83 per cent of Australia's dairy and 57 per cent of Australia's fruit products

Fast facts

  • Horticulture exports from Victoria were valued at $1.2 billion in 2017-18, an increase of $47 million from 2016-17
  • In 2015-16, 45 per cent of horticulture exports were from Victoria
  • $314 million worth of almonds were exported from Victoria in 2017-18
  • China was Victoria’s highest value market for horticulture exports, valued at $243 million in 2017-18. 59 per cent of horticulture exports to China were table grapes
  • Citrus exports to China increased by 59 per cent in 2017-18 to be valued at $62 million
  • India was the second largest horticulture export market for Victoria ($142 million), followed by Japan ($88 million) in 2017-18

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