Plant pests and diseases
Fruit, vegetables and nuts make up South Australia's $2.5 billion horticulture industry. In South Australia, it includes apples, pears, cherries, oranges, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, cucumbers, capsicums, strawberries, almonds and flowers.
Potatoes and citrus are worth the most in gross food revenue for South Australia.
Many regions across the state have a suitable climate for growing specific crops. The Adelaide Hills region is suited to growing apples, pears, cherries and strawberries. The Riverland is renowned for its citrus, stonefruit and almonds. The Adelaide Plains, around Virginia, is the state’s primary greenhouse area, producing tomatoes, capsicums and cucumbers.
Gross food revenue
|Apples and pears||281||11%|
|Other fruit (avocados, melons, strawberries, other
berries, and pistachios)||211||9%|
|Cucumbers and capsicums||136||6%|
|Other heavy vegetables (onions, carrots, pumpkin, and
|Brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower,
cabbage, brussel sprouts, lettuce, and spinach)||106||4%|
|Other vegetables (celery, spring onions, sweetcorn,
zucchini, marrows, squashes, and parsnips)||72||3%|
In 2010-11 horticulture industries (excluding wine grapes) contributed $2,464 million to South Australia’s Gross Food revenue (see table at right). This comprised around 18 per cent of the total food revenue contribution of $13.7 billion.
Biosecurity SA provides information and advice on the following areas relevant to horticulture:
Rural Solutions SA provides onsite business and technical advice plus courses and benchmarking analysis for horticulture businesses.
South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) provides research services that identify and develop new products and technologies for foods, ingredients and other plant products.