The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia works closely with all sections of the industry supply chain from paddock to plate.

Western Australia grows a diverse range of top-quality horticultural crops from the Ord River Irrigation Area in the north, to the Gascoyne River at Carnarvon, the coastal sands near Perth and throughout the cooler South West region.

Crops include tropical and temperate fruits, delicious vegetables and outstanding table wines. We also lead the country in flower exports, mostly from our unique native flora.


  • 23 November 2015

    Fruit flies (family Tephritidae) attack a wide range of fruits and vegetables.

  • 9 September 2014

    Apple scab or black spot is caused by the fungus Venturia inaequalis.

  • 6 January 2017

    Citrus leafminer, Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton, is the only leafminer attacking citrus in Australia.

  • 13 October 2015

    Mealybugs (family Pseudococcidae) are oval-shaped, segmented, soft-bodied insects covered with white, mealy wax. They are often found between touching fruit, under the calyx or in the 'navels' of o

  • 4 March 2016

    Fruit must meet minimum quality levels to meet consumer expectations and encourage return purchases.

  • 21 December 2016

    Growing an orchard can give immense satisfaction — especially when consuming the ripened end product.

  • 23 August 2016

    The production of chicons or witlof ('white leaf') chicory is a major industry in many European countries but it is an expensive vegetable to grow as it is a two-stage crop, requiring 'forcing' for

  • 21 October 2015

    Snow peas and sugar snap peas can be grown throughout the year in the south west of Western Australia. The plants are not affected by frost, but flowers and pods may be damaged.

  • 29 July 2016

    Spinach is a general term for certain vegetables and may refer to plants from five different families.

  • 18 October 2016

    Leeks will grow on a range of soil types and grow best with temperatures between 15 and 25°C. They generally take 21 to 30 weeks to reach maturity from transplanting.


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