Slim pickings for the tree-crop investor (approved community submission)

Patrick Fresne

After experiencing the resources rout of recent years, Australian investors have been forced to look elsewhere for returns. One sector that has garnered a great deal of interest in recent years is agriculture. In Australia, talk of the agriculture sector brings to mind images of cattle stations and Jackaroos. But pastoralism is perhaps an example of an area of agriculture that is not quite all it is cracked up to be. Studies have shown that producing just one kilo of beef can require up to 15,000 litres of water, making the livestock industry one of the most water-intensive agri-industries. Given that Australia is one of the driest continents on the planet, a question mark hangs over the sustainable growth of this industry. But there is one particular area of agriculture which really does look to be set for a boom, and unlike the rather niche cattle industry, this is one in which all states across the nation will be able to share. Read the attachment for my views on the broader Australian Horticulture sector.

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