New data released recently by Hort Innovation and Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) has shown Australia’s thriving green life businesses produced an estimated $2.29billion of green life in 2015-16.
Hort Innovation chief executive John Lloyd said the survey results were positive news for the nursery industry, which underpins a significant amount of Australia’s food, fibre and foliage plant production including urban landscape and retail through to fruit, vegetable, forestry and revegetation.
‘‘The survey results, which included speaking with more than 200 production nurseries on key aspects of business activity, show that in 2015-16 the industry sold over 1.6billion plants that will have gone into our environment,’’ Mr Lloyd said.
‘‘The drivers behind these results are the 23000 individuals working across close to 1780 nursery and garden businesses around Australia.
‘‘The results also showed those plants were produced across a variety of regions and environments with outdoor production and indoor production totalling 6229ha and 1273ha respectively.’’
Also released was a data tool providing nurseries with the ability to benchmark themselves against the broader industry to help boost business productivity.
The tool is a user-friendly interface available to those nurseries that participated in the survey and by request for other nursery industry levy payers.
■For more information, visit the Hort Innovation website: http://horticulture.com.au/resource/nursery-industry-data-tool/