Horticulture in Tasmania has continued to expand rapidly over the last decade or so. Tasmania now sits at the top of cherry production and export in Australia and other sectors such as berries of all kinds and fruits are making their mark within Tasmanian agriculture. Our wine sector is second to none in many respects and Tasmanian wine has now developed a worldwide reputation for excellence. The future for this type of agricultural production is strong and with our disease free status for many pests and cool climate we stand ready to capitalise on this opportunity.
As the impacts of a changing climate become more apparent the attractiveness of places such as Tasmania will increase as producers seek out more reliable places to be engaged in horticultural production.
The TFGA has a strong voice in this sector and many members are engaged in elements of horticulture as part of their diversified farm businesses. We have members growing strawberries both on ground systems and in Polly houses, members growing blueberries, figs, blackberries and running wineries. The TFGA understands the sector and continues to support its expansion and strongly advocates for its protection by working closely with Biosecurity Tasmania.