Findings from the Peel Food Zone investigation area

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Irrigated annual horticulture such as leafy vegetables

Annual horticultural crops, such as turf production and leafy vegetables, currently occupy less than one per cent of the Peel Food Zone investigation area.

This land use scenario involves the commercial production of annual plants with short-term life cycles (typically completed within the period of a year) which are irrigated in open (uncovered) paddocks. The GHD analysis considered a broad range of crops including annual fruits (strawberries, melons, etc.), vegetables (e.g. potatoes, lettuce, cabbages, tomatoes, pumpkins, etc.), commercial turf production and cut flowers. It also includes irrigated pastures used for grazing.

Suitable land for annual horticulture were mapped in the east of the investigation area, flanking the South West Highway.  Development in some areas is restricted by the need to separate new horticulture farms from rural lifestyle properties and urban areas (existing and planned areas).

Development of annual horticulture is highly constrained by the soils of the Peel Food Zone  investigation area which have high risk of phosphorus export and in areas with limited water for irrigation along the edge of the Darling Scarp. 

Existing and planned rural residential development restricts suitable areas for commercial horticulture in the southern investigation area.

Click here to access the Irrigated annual horticulture suitability maps.

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Heather Percy
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