Growers, or horticulturists, apply modern farming technologies and scientific knowledge to grow and produce crops for human consumption in intensive settings. Horticulture may also include large-scale conservation, design and landscape restoration projects. There are many ways in which horticulture plays an important contributing part to the economic fabric of all countries, fruit and vegetable production perhaps being the main focus.
Plant propagation and cultivation to improve plant growth, yield, quality, nutritional value and resistance to disease and other environmental stresses all form part of the
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- In 2016, the world’s 5 top farming countries, (figures ascertained through fertiliser use) were China, India, USA, Brazil, Indonesia. Fertiliser use is a good indicator of agriculture generally, but because horticulture is so diverse many other countries also join the ranks as top producing countries – even if it is only for one or two
- Horticulture is the term given to the second most popular type of farming and agricultural system used by farmers and growers world-wide. Literally meaning ‘garden culture’ it refers to the intensive growing of crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, pulses, flowers, herbs, mushrooms and cereals – but on a smaller more confined scale than broadacre.
- Horticulture also involves the widest variety of crop types possible – anything that grows on an intensive small-holding farming enterprise is considered horticulture, so long as it is for human consumption.
- There are key challenges for horticulture across many countries and these include : land quality, land availability, increased protectionism, the role of supermarkets and corporate farms in the marketplace, conservation of pure seed varieties, urbanisation, energy, transport and storage, producing healthier foods without inappropriate levels of pesticide use and better labelling of processed commodoties.
- In Australia the challenges can also be related to : rural population decline, the trends towards highly-specialised horticultural endeavours (even ‘hobby’ farming) as opposed to inter-generational family business, disconnect between farmgate and food prices, keeping prices affordable and issues relating to food labelling regulations.
- Crop nutrition and crop protection reforms in horticulture are accepted as being necessary across all growing environments, so that yield increases and crop densities are derived from these modern farming practices, rather than by increased land use.
- More sustainable farm practices will drive more horticulture success because of consumer preference for fresh and healthy, organic or sustainable produce. Also changes to some of the traditional practices will need to be made with more consideration given to hydroponics, irrigation and under cover systems.
- In all horticultural environments technology will ensure greater outcomes and this involves information, equipment, processing, packaging and generally acquiring the knowledge to advance better outcomes for horticulture.
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