The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) will shortly survey vegetable growers across Australia to help the industry plan for its future. ABARES Executive Director, Karen Schneider, strongly encourages growers to participate in this survey.
“A detailed understanding of Australia’s vegetable-growing farms is essential to planning for its future,” Ms Schneider said.
“It is vital that industry and government have accurate information to ensure that research and development initiatives are effectively targeted.”
The upcoming survey will collect information about production, financial performance and socio-economic characteristics of vegetable-growing farms, which will help to better understand how the industry is developing over time.
“The vegetable-growing industry is important to the Australian economy, with an estimated gross value of production of around $3.6 billion in 2012-13, contributing around 7% to Australia’s gross value of agricultural production,” Ms Schneider said.
The most recent ABARES survey results (released on 7 February 2014) reported that in 2012–13, below average rainfall through winter, spring and summer reduced the area planted to vegetables (and other crops) in all states.
Although increased farm gate prices helped to smooth estimated average cash receipts for some vegetable types, and expenditure on planting and harvesting costs were lower, average farm cash income was estimated to decline to $103,000 per farm, 38% lower than in 2011–12.
ABARES conducts the vegetable-growing farm survey annually. It is co-funded by Horticulture Australia Limited, using the vegetable levy, and the Department of Agriculture.
Results from past surveys of vegetable-growing farms are available on the ABARES website: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/ Ω
19 February 2014