The VFF Horticulture Group was formed in 1994 to provide a united voice for Victorian growers on horticultural issues to all levels of government.
The Horticulture Group represents food producers growing tree fruit, berries, vegetables, tomatoes, potatoes, grapes and cut flowers. The Group also represents beekeepers who provide an essential pollination service to the horticulture and grains industries.
The Victorian horticulture sector has over 3700 horticultural business and a farm gate value of around $2.4billion. The industry employees 50,000 full time employees which increases significantly during the harvest period. This makes the industry a significant contributor the Victorian economy particularly in rural and regional areas.
The VFF Horticulture Group policy priorities focus on issues that have a direct impact on farm profitability and works to reduce the compliance burden for producers. These issues include:
- Workplace relations and labour issues
- Biosecurity and Quarantine
- Water issues for irrigators and non-irrigators
- Exceptional circumstances assistance
- Right to farm
- Trade Practices