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Study: Aussie hort industry productive, entrepreneurial and innovative

According to a study by Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) and the University of Queensland (UQ), Australian horticulture, as an industry, is highly productive, entrepreneurial and innovative.

The study included a survey of over 500 horticulture growers, ranging from micro producers to larger-scale operations. The rich suite of responses indicated how growers innovate and seek to improve farm productivity.

The results of the study suggest the horticulture industry tends to outperform the average business in Australia when it came to innovation – with almost 80 percent of horticultural producers reporting some form of innovation, whether it was new to the farm or new to the industry.

Additionally, the study found that producers perceived increasing profit as the most important motive for innovation and the most important benefit that they gain from it. The most likely types of innovation identified in the study included new crop types or cultivars, new equipment, soil and pest management practices, and fertiliser applications.

Some 64 percent of producers indicated that they engaged in Research and Development (R&D) activities. Of these producers, 55 percent were small to medium enterprises and 26.5 percent were micro growers.

The study concluded that that innovation is a prime determinant of competitive advantage and productivity across Australia's horticultural producers.

For more information:
Amy Braddon
Hort Innovation
Tel. +61 2 8295 2333

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