Setting the course for protected cropping

25 November 2021
  • Australian Protected Cropping Strategy 2021-2030 launched.
  • Strategy will help develop and grow the Australian protected cropping industry by 2030.
  • Implementation of the Strategy to be led by Hort Innovation Australia and Protected Cropping Australia.

A strategy to provide direction and support for crops grown under shelter in Australia has been launched.

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the Australian Protected Cropping Strategy 2021-2030 was a pathway for the industry to develop.

“Protected cropping is a very broad term but basically it refers to crops grown within or under a structure, meaning crops can be grown with protection from the elements,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The strategy will look to increase knowledge and the capacity of industry to adopt and take advantage of protected cropping systems. With these systems we can look at developing new markets, both domestically and internationally.

“There is huge potential for protected cropping, and I’m really excited for what the next decade could bring.”

Hort Innovation Australia Chief Executive Officer Matt Brand said protected cropping-based horticultural production is tipped to grow considerably.

“Because protected cropping provides control over growing conditions, a dedicated strategy is vital,” Mr Brand said.

“From high-tech glass houses to basic covers and nets, protected cropping is becoming a popular choice for Australian horticulture.

“With input from industry, this strategy provides an important roadmap to drive innovation and competitiveness in the horticulture sector.”

Fast Facts:

  • The Australian Protected Cropping Strategy 2021-2030 was funded through the Hort Frontiers Advanced Production Systems Fund through Horticulture Innovation Australia. 
  • Protected cropping is typically used for horticultural crops: vegetables, berries, nursery plants, flowers, herbs and fruit trees.
  • The protected cropping industry is estimated to be worth $1.5 billion in Australia.