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:
- The South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS) is supporting River Murray growers and building strong and sustainable irrigation communities.
- The Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme is helping to secure large volumes of affordable, high security, recycled water for the Northern Adelaide Plains region.
- The Northern Adelaide Plains Agribusiness Initiative is an economic development strategy aimed at accelerating long-term agribusiness growth in the Northern Adelaide Plains region.
- The One Biosecurity – Plant Health initiative works together with horticulture industries to build strong biosecurity credentials to add value through improved production and market access.
Information for growers
- Citrus growers Fund
- Agricultural and veterinary chemicals
- Importing commercial plants and plant products
- Exporting commercial plants and plant products
- Fruit fly prevention, detection and eradication
- Plant health
- Plant pest fact sheets
- Rural Solutions consultancy services
- South Australian Research and Development Institute
Food safety legislation
Legislation sets out the safety requirements for food growers, packers and processors.
- Citrus in South Australia - English language version ()
- Citrus in South Australia - Chinese language version ()
Industry development and Industry Fund contacts
The contact is: Tamara Rohrlach
Phone: (08) 8429 0408
Plant movements, health and disease contacts
24 hour Fruit Fly hotline: 1300 666 010
Exotic plant pest hotline: 1800 084 88