Horticulture production in the Rockhampton Region is an exciting opportunity that will soon be enhanced with increased availability and reliability of water from Rookwood Weir, which will provide an additional 37,500ML of water for agriculture.
Food production in Australia continues to see increased demand for “clean and green” foods by domestic and export consumers. Australia is currently a net importer of horticultural products and all levels of government recognise the benefits of locally grown produce and associated employment and training the industry can offer.
Rockhampton Region’s mix of rich alluvium and sandy soils, sub-tropical climate and an annual summer dominant rainfall of approximately 815 mm provides access to specific market windows for a variety of fruit and vegetable crops.
Current horticultural production macadamias, mangoes, lychees, and avocados. Citrus and table grapes are also prominent to the west around Emerald.
Horticulture production in the Rockhampton Region is a largely untapped opportunity that will soon be enhanced with the increased availability and reliability of water.