Horticulture remains the second largest agricultural industry in Australia, and one in seven rural jobs in Australia is associated with the sector.

Given these facts, you might have thought politicians would be a little more interested in horticulture and how well it is travelling.

As an exporter of fresh fruit and vegetables, I can assure you growers and traders are doing it very tough.

You only have to travel to the Riverland and Sunraysia and see the neglected vines, or the citrus and stone fruit trees removed because the price of water is beyond what growers can afford.

“There are simply not enough markets to sell to”

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