Vegetable production has declined over the last fifty years with land being developed as profit making ventures such as turf farming or other uses such as urbanisation. Vegetable production is worth about $100 million annually in Western & South Western Sydney, with aproximately 2000 vegetable farmers involved in this industry. Asian vegetables are very popular and this industry is now worth $20 million per annum. Eighty percent of the perishable salad and vegetables consumed in Western Sydney are actually grown in the area.
Vegetable production is worth about $100 million annually in Western & South Western Sydney.Freemans Reach farm in the Hawkesbury district. Photo acknowledgement : Hawkesbury City Council Library.
Poultry farming continues to be an important industry in Western Sydney, including egg producers, breeder farms and the production of chicken meat. This industry is worth about $250 million annually in Western & South Western Sydney.
NURSERY & CUT
The nursery industry remains an important industry in the district with the concern worth $180 million per year. Cumberland State Forest has a native nursery which sells to the public and various Government bodies. Commercial plant nurseries have also played an important role particularly in the Hills district. The cut flower trade continues to expand notably in the Hills and Liverpool districts and is annually worth $150 million in Western & South Western Sydney.