Hort growers demand attention at Parliament House

The Voice of Horticulture spoke up today for fruit, nut, mushroom, turf and flower growers in Parliament House at the Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd (HIA) introduction event.

“There are more than 30,000 growers in the horticulture sector in Australia, but their contribution to Australian agriculture and Australia’s economy is often overlooked,” said Tania Chapman, Chair of Voice of Horticulture.

“Horticulture employs more than 57,000 people and is the largest employer within agriculture with a Gross Value of Production of just under $10 billion per year. All too often horticulture is overlooked, while broadacre crops and livestock get all the attention.

“The Voice of Horticulture is here to change that. We will speak up for horticultural growers to help our industry get the support it needs.

“Importantly the Voice will work with Horticulture Innovation Australia to ensure grower levies are allocated and invested both effectively and efficiently in necessary research, development, extension and marketing – a true grower representative body.”

Speaking at the HIA introduction day at Parliament House, Tania spoke passionately about the potential of horticulture and the role the Voice will take to educate people about the importance of horticulture, fight for a fair deal for the sector in trade, reduce regulatory burden and improve government advice and assistance. 

HIA staff, public servants from the Department of Agriculture, members of grower representative organisations and politicians, including the Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce, were all part of the event.  

“Everything horticulture does makes people's lives happier, healthier, and longer,” said Tania. “Australian horticultural growers improve urban landscapes, create healthier communities and produce the safest and greenest fresh produce in the world. The sector contributes significantly to the Australian economy with exports that achieved a record high of $1.5 billion in 2014.”

She added that the industry’s potential had not yet been met and there was much room for growth in delivering to new markets internationally.

The Voice of Horticulture currently represents 25 horticultural industries.

Read Tania's full speech - We are the Voice.

Media contacts

Tania Chapman
Chair, Voice of Horticulture
0428 291 717

John Dollisson
Director, Voice of Horticulture
0413 111 123

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