Vegetable farm financial survey enters 10th year

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences has begun the 10th Australian vegetable-growing industry survey, to gather information to help Australia’s $3.4 billion vegetable growing industry manage challenges and plan for the future.

The survey will collect data about production, financial performance and socio-economic characteristics of approximately 300 vegetable-growing farms, as part of ABARES’ ongoing research into how the industry adapts to changing environmental and market factors.

Acting Executive Director of ABARES, Peter Gooday, encouraged growers to participate in the important initiative.

“It is essential that both industry and government have accurate information to ensure research and development initiatives are effectively targeted,” Mr Gooday said.

“ABARES’ field collectors will conduct face-to-face interviews with growers, collecting information on vegetable production types, business receipts and costs, labour use, debts and assets.

“All information provided will remain confidential and survey findings will not identify individuals or their businesses.

“The results provide a national and state-by-state picture of the vegetable-growing industry, and highlights its importance to the Australian economy.”

ABARES conducts the vegetable-growing farm survey annually. It is co-funded by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited.

The 2017 survey is expected to be completed by May, with the results released in September 2017.