South Australia is a major producer of premium horticulture and recognised for its excellence in environmentally clean, safe and advanced agricultural production.

Tomatoes, potatoes, almonds and citrus are the largest of a vast range of vegetable, fruit and nut crops produced in South Australia.

In 2016–17, the horticulture industry contributed $3 billion to South Australia’s economy.

Our Mediterranean climate, fertile soils and available water resources make South Australia an attractive location for horticultural production. Our horticultural regions are localised around available water resources and where the climate and soils best suit each individual commodity:

  • the Adelaide Hills cool climate is well suited for the production of apples, pears, cherries and strawberries
  • the Riverland’s slightly warmer climate, is renowned for its citrus, stonefruit, and almonds
  • the Northern Adelaide Plains’ fertile soils and access to water make it ideal for intensive vegetable production
  • the Limestone Coast is a leading producer of vegetable seeds, onions and processing potatoes
  • the Mallee’s sandy soils are ideal for the production of fresh potatoes, onions and carrots.

A number of initiatives support the horticulture industry, including:

Information for growers

Food safety legislation

Legislation sets out the safety requirements for food growers, packers and processors.

Investment opportunities


Industry development and Industry Fund contacts

The contact is: Tamara Rohrlach
Phone: (08) 8429 0408
Email: tamara.rohrlach@sa.gov.au

Plant movements, health and disease contacts

24 hour Fruit Fly hotline: 1300 666 010
Exotic plant pest hotline: 1800 084 88

Page Last Reviewed: 20 Jul 2016
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