The Horticulture Natural Resource Management (NRM) Strategy addresses the issue of natural resource management while also promoting the benefit of horticultural production. It is a clear and practical plan that provides a benchmark for horticulture’s profitable and sustainable future at every level. This Strategy enables horticultural industries to strategically address environmental issues and allow them to communicate their successes.
Industry bodies are encouraged to take up the Horticulture NRM Initiative and apply it to their individual circumstances. For example, as industries revise their Industry Development Plans they can build in elements of the Strategy. They may choose to incorporate relevant aspects of the Strategy independently or in collaboration with others.
Natural resources, such as soil and water, are the foundation of horticultural production. Proper use of natural resources is important on every level. Growers need access to suitable and sustainable natural resources for production today and into the future. Communities and governments insist that production does not negatively impact on surrounding environments. Customers want assurances that products are premium quality and grown with a commitment to environmental principles.
Horticulture for tomorrow aims to increase efficiency, while ensuring the effective long-term management of natural resource use in horticulture, especially in the case of water use as the industry is one of the most vulnerable industries to seasonal water availability and water quality changes.
Thanks to the development of the guidelines, growers/practitioners will be able to incorporate or adapt the document for individual codes of practice or management systems, to ensure the specific needs of horticulture are covered and recognised by water suppliers and regulators.
By improving efficiencies and management of resource use, the long-term sustainability of horticulture and the environment will be ensured.