Greater Whitsunday Horticulture
Key Facts of Our Horticulture¹
|Total production value||$233m|
|Sweet corn production||$62.3m|
The heart of the Greater Whitsunday horticulture industry is in the Bowen region. Bowen is one of the largest winter vegetable growing regions in Australia. According to ABARES, Horticulture contributed $233 million¹ to the region’s agricultural production in 2021, however it is widely recognised that ABS data understates production value with anecdotal evidence suggesting the output is approximately $600 million. Horticulture production in the region is growing at an average of 17% per annum since 2015-16.²
There are more than 68 fruit and vegetable growers in the region producing tomatoes, capsicums, beans, melons, sweetcorn, pumpkins, eggplant, chillies, and mangoes.¹ The region is the largest green bean producing region in Australia. Produce is packed onsite and exported to New Zealand, Asia, Europe, America along with all the major domestic produce and retail markets.²
- Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences 2020, Agriculture Sector in Mackay Region, Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, viewed 14 April 2023, <https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/australian.bureau.of.agricultural.and.resource.economics.and.sci/viz/AMR_v9_A3L/Dashboard1>.
- AEC Group Ltd 2022, Greater Whitsunday Agribusiness Supply Chain Baseline Study, Greater Whitsunday Alliance.