Horticulture is a major contributor to Queensland’s rural and regional communities, with the state growing majority the of Australia’s banana, pineapple, mango, mandarin, avocado, and fresh tomatoes. Over 100 fruit, vegetable and nut commodities are grown in Queensland by approximately 3,500 businesses, employing over 14,000 workers.
The top performing horticulture commodities in Queensland are nursery production, bananas, avocados, strawberries, macadamias, mandarins, capsicums, and tomatoes.
Brisbane Markets – horticulture insights:
The Brisbane Markets is Queensland’s major marketing and distribution hub for the supply of fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers. The Brisbane Market is the third-largest central market in Australia, with over 650 million kilograms of fruit and vegetables passing through annually and more than 7,000 growers supplying produce for sale.
Explore our Queensland horticulture market dashboard to interact with the latest three months of Brisbane market price and quantity data, providing:
- A platform to explore prices and volumes for ten key Queensland horticultural commodities including avocados, bananas, broccoli, capsicums, lettuce, mandarins, mangoes, strawberries, sweet potatoes and watermelons.
- An ability to search by Australian state of origin for horticulture commodities that pass through the Brisbane Market, including an option to view internationally sourced commodities passing through the same market.
Wholesale market price data is supplied by Ausmarket Consultants in agreement with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for use in this informative dashboard. Prices in this report have been sourced by the independent Market Reporting Service in Brisbane, Market Information Services. Every effort has been made to ensure that the prices are accurate. Ausmarket Consultants and Market Information Services shall not be liable to any party in respect to any loss or damage arising from the reliance on this information. The prices in this report are provided a guide only and should not be regarded as a record of every sale from Brisbane Markets.
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Queensland Horticulture – output and production
A challenge exists in Queensland in gauging current levels of horticulture output and production. Data is collected by different stakeholders for different purposes, but discrepancies in methodology and update frequency can prevent sharing and improving data across organisations.
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is taking this opportunity to work with industry to modernise data collection and visualisation in the horticulture industry. A statistically-sound, state-wide database of output and production data will assist both industry and government in making investment decisions and assessing sector performance, especially in the preparation and response to natural disasters or other disruptions (like biosecurity threats).
Existing datasets that are part of the horticulture puzzle include (but are not limited to):
- Hort Innovation’s Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook, which collaborates with Fresh Logic to collect data from various industry groups on production, imports, exports, and supply chains.
- The University of New England’s Australian Tree Crop Map Dashboard, that combines satellite imaging systems, analytics, and on-ground robotics to identify the area of commercial tree crops
- The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia catalogue, which utilises data from the Rural Environment and Agricultural Commodities Survey to estimate crop quantity data.
- The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Agricultural Commodities, Australia catalogue, which utilises data from a survey administered to businesses on the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Business Register.
Explore the Queensland Horticulture dashboard to interact with the latest release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics horticulture data (2020-21 financial year), providing:
- A platform to explore output (tonnes) and production (hectares) and the gross value of production for horticulture commodities grown in Queensland, at the SA2 level.
Please note the data displayed in this dashboard differs from the data provided in the ‘Our regions’ dashboard of Data Farm. These differences are based on a number of factors, including:
- This dashboard covers only fruit, nuts and vegetables, excluding broadacre cropping, lifestyle horticulture, livestock and livestock products.
- The GVP figures offered by the ‘Our regions’ dashboard are a forecast, whereas this horticulture dashboard uses data from the previous financial year
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Download all ABS production data used in the Queensland horticulture dashboard.
Last updated: 13 Jan 2023