A lack of reliable information is a key limitation in horticulture. Hortstats intends to bridge this gap by providing statistical information on horticulture, which is of benefit to growers, industry leaders, researchers, policy makers and the general public.
Horticulture is one of the fastest growing industries under agriculture and is the third largest agricultural sector in Australia. ABARE forecasts the Gross Value of Production (GVP) of the sector to be $9 billion in 2010-11, up from $6.5 billion in 2004-05.
Horticulture is a diverse sector, consisting of over 80 edible and inedible commodities from fruits, vegetables, nuts, mushroom, nursery, turf and cut-flowers categories.